Dubai Po­lice win SWAT chal­lenge

Com­man­dos from 26 coun­tries test their skills in an in­tense com­pe­ti­tion

Gulf News - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALI AL SHOUK Se­nior Re­porter

Com­man­dos from 26 coun­tries test their skills in com­pe­ti­tion

The Swat (Spe­cial Weapons and Tac­tics) team pre­pared to storm a tower, with a sniper to pro­vide cover, and en­tered a build­ing where a group of ter­ror­ists had taken some­one hostage.

The team broke into the tower and climbed down while shots were fired and com­man­ders shouted out to cross the fin­ish line.

This sim­u­la­tion was played out at the Dubai Po­lice’s Al Ruwaiyah Training Cen­tre off Emi­rates Road as Swat com­man­dos from 26 coun­tries showed off their tac­ti­cal and phys­i­cal skills in five tasks rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios.

The five-day event that ran from February 9 to 13 fea­tured 46 teams par­tic­i­pat­ing across five cat­e­gories that tested the skills of spe­cial armed re­sponse units from around the world. They staged mock hostage res­cues, raids, res­cu­ing in­jured of­fi­cers, tak­ing the tower chal­lenge and over­com­ing ob­sta­cle cour­ses in a bid to be crowned the most com­pe­tent force. Cash prizes of $170,000 (Dh624,413) were given out dur­ing the event, in­clud­ing a prize of $10,000 for the top three teams daily. The UAE Swat Chal­lenge is be­ing held un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness Lt Gen­eral Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of In­te­rior.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Ab­dul­lah Khal­ifa Al Merri, Com­man­derIn-Chief at Dubai Po­lice, said

that this year’s chal­lenge was in­tense. “It is a great event as po­lice forces from around the world showed their tac­ti­cal skills. It was a strong chal­lenge and very close,” Al Merri told

Gulf News.

Cap­tain Chris­tian Jmenez, com­man­der of the Chile team and a Swat mem­ber for 11 years, told Gulf News: “This chal­lenge is of a world-class stan­dard. It’s very tough.”

Atiq Ur Rehman/Gulf News

Mem­bers of the UAE Swat team in ac­tion ■ dur­ing the Dubai chal­lenge.

Atiq Ur Rehman/Gulf News

The Nether­lands Swat team com­petes ■ dur­ing the Dubai Swat Chal­lenge.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.