Unlike IPOs, FPU is a fully armed, self-sustaining Unit of between 120 and 140 police personnel. The Unit is deployed to the mission area along with all its own equipment, called Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) and the duration for its tour of duty is one year. It is pertinent to mention here that the FPU contributing country is periodically reimbursed for all the equipment deployed with the Unit, provided they are found to be in good working condition during inspection.

Selection of FPU personnel is done by means of deploying recruitment teams from the Directorate to all the Zonal Commands, during which interested and qualified candidates are shortlisted. They are later invited for further screening, as follows: –

Cooper test

Cooper test for FPU personnel is same as that of IPOs.

Medical Examination

This isthe same as in the case of IPOs.

Computer Test:This is also the same as in the case of IPOs.

Qualified personnel to be deployed as FPU are given an intensive training on: –

  • Basic Police Tactics (BPT);
  • Public Order Management;
  • Extraction of threatened (UN/AU) staff;
  • Firearms Basic, Intermediate, Advance and shooting exercises;
  • Theories on Public Order management (Graduation in Use of force);
  • Escort of convoys and prisoners;
  • Emergency Procedures;
  • Intervention on IED and Vehicular control
  • Negotiation and Mediation;
  • COE Management;
  • Command Element Training;
  • Combat Life Safety;

Formed Police Assessment Team (FPAT)

Before deploying a Unit, a Formed Police Assessment Team (FPAT) will be deployed to the country to inspect the readiness of the country to deploy, in terms of personnel and equipment. The team will equally assess the Command staff of the Unit in an exercise, similar to the SAAT assessment.In order to meet up with the requirements, Officers who will form Command element are identified and are given the pre-SAATtraining just like the IPOs.

Roles of the FPU

  • Protection ofmissions’ personnel and facilities;
  • Provision of tactical assistance to National Security services in terms of Public Order Management;
  • Crowd control;
  • Escort of UN/AU/ECOWAS personnel when on visits to security prone zones in the mission area