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    Default The SAPS Special Task Force - Compiled by Johan van Heerden

    The SAPS Special Task Force

    The South African Police Service Special Task Force (SAPS STF) is the special operations element of the South African Police Service (SAPS). The STF is considered to be among the best of such units in the world. The South African Special Task Force has a formidable reputation in counter terrorism, counter insurgency and hostage rescue. The STF, like their military special forces counter parts (The Reconnaissance Commandos, which is regarded as probably the finest light infantry in the world), are internationally regarded as being deadly experts in bush warfare.

    The Task Force falls under operational control of the Division: Operational Response Services and is responsible for dealing with all high-risk operations, such as hostage situations on land, sea and air, including rescue-related operations.

    Click " http://www.gunsite.co.za/content/art...al-task-force/ "to read the rest of the article.
    This article was compiled by Johan van Heerden, GunSite SA Forum Member.
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    excellent article!

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    Thanks Francis!

    Information on the STF is understandably very hard to come by, and these have been compiled over time from mainly public Internet resources.

    Any additional information and constructive critisism is welcome.
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    Default Re: The SAPS Special Task Force - Compiled by Johan van Heerden

    +1000 Johan! Very informative and intresting. Wat is your name on gunsite if i may ask? I would like to send you a pm

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    Hi pietskiet

    My username is 47. ;)


    Looking forward to hearing from you,


    Best regards

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    I'd also like to thank Craig for his help with the layout of the article etc. It has not been an easy task!
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    Default Re: The SAPS Special Task Force - Compiled by Johan van Heerden

    Hi 47

    No problem, thanks again for putting this together it an excellent read and I'm sure a fair bit of homework went into putting this together.

    BTW, are there any STF members around, current or ex that could add to or comment on this?
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    Default Re: The SAPS Special Task Force - Compiled by Johan van Heerden

    Excellent info 47! Thanks for the hard work, definately a good read and info to add to my library.....

    I though this section of SAPS has been 'scaled-down' to a large extent...

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    Johan,

    a friend who is a tactical police officer here in the US always likes to point to the Special Task force on how they do things. he thinks too many US units are what i guess you guys would call "Kit nuts" or gear nuts. SAPS STF do more with less and have more hostange rescue experience than any unit in the world

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    Default Re: The SAPS Special Task Force - Compiled by Johan van Heerden

    Good read, appreciate the efforts made to put that together, thanks.

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