Kerala to get SWAT commandos by 2012

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  1. Koovie

    Koovie Regular Member

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    A bit old but still...

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Police will deploy its newly-raised elite paramilitary commando unit—Kerala Commandos—at Pulinkudi near Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram, Thripunithura in Kochi, and Pandikkadu in Kozhikode in 2012.

    The 240 direct recruits to the proposed Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) are two months into their initial 18-month training to perform perilous counter terrorism and hostage rescue operations, and to handle heavily armed terrorists in the event of an attack similar to the one in Mumbai.

    Taking a cue from their counterparts in Maharashtra, the State police have hired trainers of Israel's Special Forces to teach its recruits modern commando tactics, including Krav Maga, a lethal martial art.

    Officers on deputation from the elite National Security Guards and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force are supervising the training. Each SWAT unit will have 40 combatants, including snipers, maritime and airborne assault commandos, and communication and signals experts.

    The State police will procure specialised fire-arms for the SWAT, mainly Austrian-made Steyr sniper rifles, German-made Heckler and Koch submachine guns, Italian SPAS 12 semi-automatic combat shot guns, Austrian Glock 17 semi-automatic 9 mm pistol, ARGES hand grenades, military fighting knives, synthetic bullet proof body armour, fire retardant bullet proof vests, ballistic shields, battering rams, guns that deliver electric shocks to immobilise targets, and high-speed armoured vehicles.
    The SWAT will be equipped with state-of-the-art remote control bomb disposal devices, including explosives and ordinance disposal robots, laser range finders, helmet-mountable night vision scopes, and outboard engine powered rubber dinghies


    The commandos will not be deployed for VIP protection or normal law and order duty. They will constantly train using live ammunition to keep their fighting skills sharp. The SWAT team members will be absorbed into the civil police cadre once their tenure in the unit is over.

    The Kerala Commandos will be attached to the NSG and the Grey Hounds, counter insurgency action force of the Andhra Pradesh police, for two months each.

    Director General of Police Jacob Punnose and Deputy Inspector General of Police Manoj Abraham headed a high-level committee formed to raise the SWAT team.

    The Hindu : Front Page : SWAT team to be ready next year
     
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    if after this they are in gears of normal police or crpf with non matching shirt, pant and bulletproof vest then they will go to hell of fashion
     
  4. Koovie

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    Hope there wont be any delays
     
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    This is what Police force needed. A separate police wing trained to operate Heavy arms!!!
     
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    So coconut shooting anyone?
     
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