City’s Swat team ‘needs training’

THE personnel of Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) need more training.

This observation of Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, CPPO director, came after the shooting competition among Swat personnel from first to sixth congressional districts.

“We need to train them well,” he told reporters yesterday.

There are more than 100 Swat personnel under CPPO.

The official said that a review of video footages taken during the contest showed that the Swat personnel have weaknesses, especially in the close-quarter battle.

There were Swat members who did not position themselves well, he said.

Gillamac said these personnel might get fatally hit in real combat situations.

The official said his personnel should not feel confident just because they are wearing Kevlar helmets and bulletproof jackets donated by the Cebu Provincial Government.

“What if they get hit in the face?” he said.

Gillamac said he aims to train Swat teams deployed in six districts at least four times in a year.

He said they are looking for ways to fund the trainings and buy bullets.

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