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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

PNP-Butuan creates 1st all-female SWAT in PH

By Police Cpl. Laarni M. Mabilog

Nowadays, the cry for gender equality has become a recurring issue in the society.

With this, the government agencies, which include the Philippine National Police (PNP), are faced with the challenge of ensuring a service that would be gender-sensitive and would be able to provide equal opportunity for both male and female personnel.

Women of the PNP are examples that the female populace can do so much in our society.

We see them as strong, intelligent and assiduous women of the society.

When it comes to work, PNP women contribute in resolving crimes in our community.

Their presence alone can suppress criminal activities which are associated to the lowering of criminality rates in this city.

To highlight and give emphasis to the service of the female personnel and to promote women empowerment, Police Col. Albert G. Magno created the all-female Special Weapon and Tactics Team (SWAT) which is called the SWEET16 or the Special Women Elite Enforcement Team.

The said group is composed of 16 female police personnel of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO).

The new elite team of BCPO was introduced to the public last March 8, 2019 during the women’s month celebration at Butuan City Hall ground.

They were presented to encourage all women of Butuan City to continue to aim high and to embody strength and passion of an empowered woman.

The said all-female SWAT will undergo the specialized training at Regional Training School Unit of Region 13, Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

This training would equip them with advance knowledge about special combat operations, close quarter battle, knowledge and techniques in different weapons available in Philippine National Police.

Currently the SWEET16 are undergoing rigid physical conditioning supervised by SWAT personnel of BCPO in preparation for the upcoming training.

The BCPO is already drafting the final Program of Instruction (POI) which will guide the course of training.

The members of the SWEET16 expressed their commitment and excitement in their new journey as police officers.

After the training they will become the only all-female elite team that would be based in this city that would serve as front line defense in times of threats, crimes and chaos which may jeopardize civilian’s safety and security.

According to Magno, this SWEET16 would be his legacy given that this is the first ever all-female SWAT in the country.

“This team would relay the message of equality that in PNP we value and trust police women the same way as we give importance to our policemen,” Magno added. (BCPO/PIA-Caraga)