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A team of elite female police officers on Friday wrapped up five-month-long standardized training program and will be deployed to tackle organized crime in the east African nation.

The elite all-female Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, comprising of 48 commando officers, drawn from the Administration Police Service (APS), have undergone through five months of physical and combat drilling, which is the first phase of their 15-month-long program.

Fred Matiang’i, cabinet secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, said the move came at a time when Kenya seeks to handle emerging security threats and hostage crises promptly and with precision.

“This is a momentous day for our country because we can now rest assured that we have more officers who can undertake intricate security operations that require specialized approaches,” Matiang’i said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

“What we have witnessed today gives us confidence as the government that we have the capacity to protect our people and secure our country”, he said, adding that the team will greatly supplement the existing efforts of securing the country.

Matiang’i said the officers are “job-ready” not only to thwart terror threats and attacks but also enhance general security.

Their training featured, among others, the application of Israeli Krav Maga, multiple weapons handling techniques as well as explosive and improvised explosive device management.

Matiang’i said the commandos have so far demonstrated unmatched expertise in all the devices assured them of government’s full support in their work through improved welfare, advanced training, and capacity building.

Hillary Mutyambai, inspector general of National Police Service, committed to progressively increasing the contingent in the next intake.

Mutyambai commended the collaboration with other stakeholders in the security sector, which has greatly improved service delivery. Enditem

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