Recruits taken through their paces yesterday.

A team of 30 Palma Local Police will next month start special training for the city's new rapid reaction flying squad. Yesterday, the chosen few for the new Immediate Intervention Unit, were taken through their paces with the police force holding a display for the media to show exactly how demanding and complicated the training will be. Palma Local Police commander, Joan Mut, explained yesterday that the week-long course, which starts next month, will take the 30 police officers to their mental and physical limits. During the seven-day course, members of the new special unit will be given extreme driving lessons and taught how to handle a vehicle and what to do in the event of high-speed car chases and in cases of emergency. The police will also attend a series of emergency and rescue theory classes and be instructed on how to handle dangerous and toxic materials. Away from the driving wheel, the officers will be instructed in the art of hand-to-hand combat, taekwondo, karate, self defence and marksmanship.


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