HomeTeam's Police Tactical Unit: Fighting fit and ready to handle emergencies

The Police Tactical Unit (PTU) is an anti-riot and disaster management unit of the Singapore Police Force. Straits Times reporter Fabian Koh joins PTU officers for a training session at the Home Team Tactical Centre.
Reporters taking part in a riot control exercise with officers from the Police Tactical Unit at the Home Team Tactical Centre earlier this month. Officers are put through realistic training scenarios to ensure they are able to perform under duress.
Reporters taking part in a riot control exercise with officers from the Police Tactical Unit at the Home Team Tactical Centre earlier this month. Officers are put through realistic training scenarios to ensure they are able to perform under duress.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Facing down an angry mob may seem like a scary prospect, but for officers in the Police Tactical Unit (PTU), it is all in a day's work.

Armed with P4 rifles, officers can use the less-lethal weapon to fire projectiles or pellets filled with an irritant similar to tear gas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2018, with the headline 'Fighting fit and ready to handle emergencies'. Print Edition | Subscribe