Çevik Kuvvet

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Çevik Kuvvet
Police action during protests in Ankara. Events of June 7-8, 2013-6.jpg
TOMA water cannon, Ankara, 2013
Active established 1982
Country Turkey
Type Law Enforcement, Riot control
Role Law Enforcement
Engagements 2013 Turkish protests

The Çevik Kuvvet (English: Agile Force or Rapid Response Force) is the riot squad of the General Directorate of Security (Turkish National Police). It was established in 1982, replacing the Toplum Polisi.[1] In 2016, a member of the riot police, Melvut Altintas, shot and killed Turkish Ambassador Andrei Karlov. He was prowling behind the Ambassador before shooting him in the back many times.[2]

Çevik Kuvvet Logo (Turkish Police)

Equipment includes TOMA water cannon vehicles, Otokar Akrep "scorpion" APCs[3] and the FN 303 "less lethal" weapon.[4]


  1. ^ Aysen Uysal, "Riot police and policing protest in Turkey", in Laleh Khalili, Jillian Schwedler (2010), Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion, Hurst Publishers
  2. ^ "Chilling moment off-duty cop calmly shoots Russian ambassador dead". 
  3. ^ adanaegemengazetesi, 8 January 2011, "Akrep" artık daha donanımlı
  4. ^ "Cop yerine FN 303 | Dünya Bülteni". Dunyabulteni.net. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 

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