THE EVENTS PUBLISHED IN THIS ARTICLE OCCURRED YEARS AGO AND IS SOLELY PUBLISHED TO SHOW APPRECIATION TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE’S ELITE
“The Special Task Force is a highly specialised unit whose members are responsible for only responding to high-risk incidents, which include hostage incidents, search and rescue missions, as well as specialised operations support,”
“To join this elite unit, members must be 32 years and younger and must have served in an operational environment for at least two years.
Members must also have undergone and been successful in the pre-selection phase, which consists of various rigorous exercises that will be able to determine if the member can endure the 20-month training programme.”
n 2004 it was reported that the SAPS STF may have lost nearly 60 percent of its active members to private companies recruiting security personnel to work in Iraq.
As of 2004 with the implementation of affirmative action policy and a special course for females, the STF welcomed their first female operators in its ranks.
In 2010 top officers of the unit were sent to the United States to brush up on their crisis response skill