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Friday, August 16, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the Pampanga police office is pushing for a synchronized training on high risk operations with participants coming from stations in various towns and cities in Pampanga.
The provincial SWAT unit handles hostage rescue operations, high risks arrests and entered armored or barricaded buildings.
Police Inspector Ohmar Bognot, head of Pampanga SWAT, said that selected police officers will be trained on close quarters combat (CQB), firing, handling specialized weapons and firearms, and using specialized equipment such as heavy body armor, ballistic shields and others.
This effort is aimed at providing the best for the welfare and protection of the people in Pampanga, according to Bognot.
He stated that they are also considering a crash course in preparation for the creation of a riding team counter motorcycle-riding suspects.
Several shooting incidents in the province were perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects.
Pampanga SWAT has only two teams with 10 personnel each. Most of the members have been serving the unit for 10 years working 24 hours a day.
Bognot disclosed that the last SWAT training was conducted in 2006.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 17, 2013.