Special Security and Protection Battalion
|Special Security and Protection Battalion|
Logo of the Special Security and Protection Battalion
|Type||Protective security units|
|Size||About 1400 officers|
|Part of||Bangladesh Police|
|Biswas Afzal Hossain as Deputy Inspector General (DIG)|
The Special Security and Protection Battalion is raised as an specialized police unit to give protection to the President, the Head of the Government of Bangladesh and any person designated as VIP by the Government including visiting dignitaries. It is also responsible for the security of VIPs’ offices and residences and venues of programs. It works alongside Special Security Force, Special Branch and President Guard Regiment. Though it was formed on December 26, 2011 it formally started its operation on July 4, 2013.
This specialized unit of Bangladesh Police is headed by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. Primarily it has two specialized battalions each headed by a Superintendent of Police. All the officers and personnel come from Bangladesh Police through an intensive selection procedure.
It has primary responsibility for the safety of VIPs and visiting dignitaries to Bangladesh, therefore the training techniques taught to all SPBn officers include VIP protection and unarmed combat.
In addition they also undergo training in firearms, crowd control, self-defense, tactical driving, physical and tactical training and Basic Trauma Life Support. They also practice simulation exercises in the firing range.
Apart from firearms, an ASP expandable batons or a Taser are carried for less-than-lethal options to the SPBn officers. Flashbangs and smoke grenades are also used to provide cover for escorting the VIP when being attacked by intruders.
- "Special Security and Protection Battalion". The Daily Sun. Retrieved 2013-05-02.