Women of the current generation have gone on to break stereotypes whenever they got a chance. From the women’s team reaching the ICC Cricket World Cup finals to brave young girls being appointed as officers in the police force, the women of this country have proved to be an inspiration for the world.
And now, in another massive achievement, the capital of India has an all-women SWAT team.
According to TOI, or the first time in the history of India’s police force, New Delhi’s security against terrorism will be taken care of by an all-women Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. But that’s not all, all the 36 members of this SWAT team are women constables from the North-East. Speaking of the same, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik said,
“These women are second to none when it comes to handling terror strikes and hostage crisis in urban areas. In fact, they were rated better than their male counterparts by their trainers at Police Training College in Jharoda Kalan.”
It is Patnaik who came up with the idea of a SWAT team, consisting of only women. While 13 members are from Assam, the others are from Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Manipur, 5 from each.
These incredibly capable women will be posted at high-risk and strategic locations in central and south-Delhi. They will also be in charge of maintaining security at India Gate & Red Fort.
As far as the weapons are concerned, they will be armed with MP5 submachine guns and Glock 21 pistols. Trained with a 15-month specialized training of the Israeli Krav Maga- an unarmed combat style, they are more than equipped to handle such tension points in the country. To add to their skills they are experts in climbing multi-storey buildings and carrying out rescue operations in places like hotels, metro, and buses.
Ambush and counter-ambush, jungle operations, urban operations and VVIP security also fall under their set of expertise. Speaking about the agility & expertise of these cops, one of their trainers said,
“Experts at abseiling and scaling, they can spring from deep sleep to action, fully armed within a minute of an alarm. Not only have they mixed well with personnel from other parts of the country, there’s an amazing mix of cultures on display at the academy at present.”
Woah. Looks like the people in Delhi will have a good night’s sleep for years to come.