- Garbed in combat grade protective tactical military knee and elbow pads and donning what looks like a home-built Active Shooter Response (ASR) Vest/Kit, whose contents will likely catapult many an experienced SWAT Team Member from other parts of the world to their ‘eureka moment’ and oblongate their oculus ...
A terse video clip of an alleged member of the Ghana Police SWAT team floating on several social media platforms this week, Facebook and WhatsApp included, has captured the cerebral dressing perspicacity of Ghanaians from all walks of lives, and friends of Ghanaians from all over the globe.
At the epicenter of the capture is the garb and trimmings that the clothier of the famed Ghana Police Service (GPS) has chosen for the members of the SWAT team.
According by my illustrious haberdasher friend, Dr. Momo, of Famed Haberdasheries, although the GPS has done excellently well to locally contextualize the equipage of its members, so Ghanaians won’t as usual accuse them of being in the copy-copy business of copying all things foreign, even when it comes to garbing their crew, a few changes will have to take place, so as not to deter young Ghanaians from selecting Ghana Police SWATING as an occupational choice.
Garb seen on tape
The video clip, which has been watched well over 50,000 times and counting, when we put the various sources that have shared and watched it all in-the-together, shows a fine young man heavily outfitted in a camouflage khaki police uniform and strapped with different numerosities of tools that will absolutely make him the envy of the 'Giant' in the fabled story of “Jack and the Beanstalk”.
Garbed in combat grade protective tactical military knee and elbow pads and donning what looks like a home-built Active Shooter Response (ASR) Vest/Kit, whose contents will likely catapult many an experienced SWAT Team Member from other parts of the world to their ‘eureka moment’ and oblongate their oculus to what they have been missing on the job.
Fortunately, a running commentary in the background informs Ali and Sandra that our elite SWAT team member is carrying a skipping rope, telescope, tape measure, about four handcuffs, a couple of water bottles, a high and indestructible military grade hammer, garden trowel, fork, and a chisel among others.
A description of his communication apparatus is above my writing grade, but I am happy to note that Mother Ghana has come very far, especially at a time when precocious militias and vigilante groups are being birthed left and right in the open.
Although not sure what the occasion the SWAT officer is at, sympathetic countrymen and women have raised concerns over his heavy fortification in the daily heat and are asking whether SWAT teams are unleashed on demand/operational basis or rather to stand guard at events to put the bejesus in aspiring troublemakers.
Ghanaians can rest assured over the capabilities and capacities of the nation’s SWAT team, which can very likely do it all: grab the malefactors, handcuff them, have time to measure them up for their new prison garbs, and time permitting do a little gardening at the crime scene.
Disclaimer: Although the atheneite and memeship of the video etc. remains unsubstanced, we played along just for the humor with chalice and malice far off our minds.