Trup Tindakan Cepat

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Trup Tindakan Cepat
Rapid Actions Troop
تروڤ تيندقن چڤت
AbbreviationTTC
Agency overview
Formed3 October, 2005
Employeesabout 40 Operators
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Malaysia
Primary governing body Government of Malaysia
Secondary governing body Malaysian Prison Department
Operational structure
Overviewed by Ministry of Home Affairs
HeadquartersMalaysian Prisons Headquarters, near Kuala Lumpur

Minister of Home Affair responsible
Notables
People
  • Dato’ Mustafa Osman (Director-General)
  • Dato' Wan Mohamad Nazarie(Director of Security)
Significant operation(s)

The Trup Tindakan Cepat (English: Rapid Action Troops), or TTC, is an anti-terror special forces squad within the Malaysian Prison Department.

Malaysian Prison Department

The Malaysian Prison Department is a department controlled by the Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs responsible for jails where offenders sentenced by the courts are held. These jails also act as detention and recovery institutions.

Contents

Formed on 3 October 2005, TTC Force is a highly trained elite force that is deployed for various high risk and special operations, such as responding to incidents, riots, cell extractions, mass searches, or disturbances in prisons, possibly involving uncooperative or violent inmates. The unit are required to be contactable and available to respond at all times. TTC is founded upon a team concept and is made up of highly motivated and experienced officers

History

The team of TTC during the 57th National Day Parade of Malaysia. Malaysian Prisons Department Rapid Actions Troops.JPG
The team of TTC during the 57th National Day Parade of Malaysia.

The TTC was formed after the hostage incidents at Pudu jails. The latter establishment was taken over by a Singaporean named Jimmy Chua and his henchmen, who captured the jail and took the staff and prisoners as a hostages.

The unit, which consists of 20 operators, under the command by Commissioner-General of Prisons, Dato' Mustafa Bin Osman, was established on 3 October 2005; it became operational in 2006. The team led by the Assistant Superintendent of Prisons, Yusli Bin Yusof, had undergone three months training at the Special Warfare Training Centre (PULPAK) in Sungai Udang Fort, Malacca. This training was conducted by the 11th Grup Gerak Khas Counter-Terrorist Regiment.

Malacca State of Malaysia

Malacca dubbed "The Historic State", is a state in Malaysia located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Strait of Malacca.

Grup Gerak Khas

The 21 Grup Gerak Khas - commonly known as GGK - is a special forces regiment of the Malaysian Army which conducts special operations missions for the Malaysian government, such as direct action, unconventional warfare, sabotage, counter-terrorism, and intelligence gathering. It is the administrative and operational group to which the three regiments of the Gerak Khas and its supporting units are subordinated.

The Prisons Department are required to deploy such a unit because many high-profile criminals and terrorists are detained, including those under the Internal Security Act (ISA). This unit liaises with other agencies, including the Pasukan Gerakan Khas and Royal Malaysian Navy's PASKAL which are also involved in national security. [1] The TTC duties include transport of high risk inmates, extracting uncooperative prisoners from their cells, daily full cell searches and high-profile security, barricaded persons, riots, mass arrest, high risk/high-profile transport and hostages situations, as well as crowd control.

Pasukan Gerakan Khas government agency

The Pasukan Gerakan Khas is a special operations command of the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP). The PGK has two distinct sub-units; the Special Actions Unit and the 69 Commando Battalion.

Royal Malaysian Navy naval warfare branch of Malaysias military

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is the naval arm of the Malaysian Armed Forces.

PASKAL Special operations force of the Royal Malaysian Navy

The Pasukan Khas Laut, commonly abbreviated PASKAL, is the principal special operations force of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

The Prisons Department were originally accompanied by the police for escorting high-profile prisoners. Following the formation of the TTC, such moves could be carried out without police assistance.

Training

The CT (Counter Terrorist) team's Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) TTC CTs BDU.jpg
The CT (Counter Terrorist) team's Battle Dress Uniform (BDU)

The Prisons Department plan to expand the TTC to 30 strengths after a preliminary trial at their training centre. The selection process for suitable officers, is extremely tough. Potential officers of the TTC must be under 35 years old, has a good health and pass a qualification period. Throughout the process, officers must go through various physically demanding activities such as Individual physical proficiency tests or IPPT. They must also clear the standard obstacle course within a stipulated time. Teamwork must be evident among officers as well. They will be required to join a counter-terrorist course by the 69 Commando at the General Operations Force Training Centre, at Ulu Kinta. [2]

Individual physical proficiency test

The Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) is a standard physical fitness test used by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to test the basic components of physical fitness and motor skills of their members. The IPPT is applicable to all eligible persons with National Service (NS) liability, including Full-Time National Servicemen (NSFs), Operationally-Ready National Servicemen, and regulars. The test presently consists of three stations: sit-up, push-up, and 2.4 kilometres run. Based on their age, sex and vocation, persons taking the IPPT are required to meet certain standards under the IPPT Standards and Scoring System in order to pass the test. As of October 2013, about 116,000 people take the IPPT every year.

Obstacle course

An obstacle course is a series of challenging physical obstacles an individual, team or animal must navigate, usually while being timed. Obstacle courses can include running, climbing, jumping, crawling, swimming, and balancing elements with the aim of testing speed, endurance and agility. Sometimes a course involves mental tests.

General Operations Force

The General Operations Force is the light infantry arm of the Royal Malaysia Police. The General Operations Force was established in 1948 during the Malayan Emergency by the British Administration when Malaya was a colony. The police service was mobilised to the field role, primarily to engaging Communist guerrillas during the emerging Insurgency. When Malaysia was formed in 1963, this law enforcement unit was then known as the Police Field Force. The title was adopted when it dropped the previous handle widely referred to as the Jungle Squad.

Prospective trainees are expected to exceed the minimum requirements of the Physical Screening Test (PST) which are:

  1. A 3.2 km run in 18 minutess
  2. Seven chin-ups
  3. 25 sit-ups in one minute
  4. 25 push-ups in one minute
  5. The fireman's lift over 100 metres
  6. Swim 100 metres freestyle
  7. Diving into 15 metres of water
  8. Falling 10 metres
  9. Treading water for five minutes
  10. Climbing a six-metre rope
  11. A firing skills test
  12. A writing test

TTC officers are specialised in multiple areas, which are essential to make prisons safe in an ever-changing security climate, such as:

Combat Techniques
Riot control measures used by police, military, or other security forces during a riot

Riot control refers to the measures used by police, military, or other security forces to control, disperse, and arrest people who are involved in a riot, demonstration, or protest. If a riot is spontaneous and irrational, actions which cause people to stop and think for a moment can be enough to stop it. However, these methods usually fail when there is severe anger with a legitimate cause, or the riot was planned or organized. Law enforcement officers or military personnel have long used less lethal weapons such as batons and whips to disperse crowds and detain rioters. Since the 1980s, riot control officers have also used tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and electric tasers. In some cases, riot squads may also use Long Range Acoustic Devices, water cannons, armoured fighting vehicles, aerial surveillance, police dogs or mounted police on horses. Officers performing riot control typically wear protective equipment such as riot helmets, face visors, body armor, gas masks and riot shields. However, there are also cases where lethal weapons are used to violently suppress a protest or riot, as in the Boston Massacre, Haymarket Massacre, Banana Massacre, Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Kent State Massacre, Soweto Uprising, Mendiola Massacre, Bloody Sunday (1905), Ponce massacre, Bloody Sunday (1972), Venezuelan Protest(2017), Tuticorin Massacre (2018)

Close combat violent physical confrontation between two or more opponents at short range

Close combat means a violent physical confrontation between two or more opponents at short range.

Taekwondo Martial art from Korea

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.

Task Oriented
Bomb disposal Activity to dispose of and render safe explosive munitions and other materials

Bomb disposal is an explosives engineering profession using the process by which hazardous explosive devices are rendered safe. Bomb disposal is an all-encompassing term to describe the separate, but interrelated functions in the military fields of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD), and the public safety roles of public safety bomb disposal (PSBD) and the bomb squad.

Intelligence Gathering

Their core functions include responding to prison contingencies and exercises, performing high risk escort duties and training prison officers in various core tactical skills.

In March 2010, the second series of TTC selection was attended by 32 trainees, only 18 personnel passed a 15-week course at the Prison Officer Training Centre, Taiping, Perak. The Best Intern was PW 14319 Mazlan Bin Abd. Razak from Bentong Prison. The Best at Shooting was PW 14450 Hj Majidee Bin Hj. Khalid from Miri Prisons and the Best at Physical Training was PW 14430 Mahadi Bin Mamat from Kajang Prison. [3]

Firearms

Like other specialist teams, the TTC is equipped with special weapons and equipment such as pistols, shotguns and SMG. TTC members have access to battering rams and tools for forced entry along with other weaponry including rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers and sniper rifles depend on the situation encountered. Weapons chosen possibility is:

Pistols
Flag of Austria.svg Austria: Glock 17
Flag of the United States.svg USA: Smith & Wesson M&P
Shotguns
Flag of the United States.svg USA: Remington 870
Flag of Italy.svg Italy: Benelli Nova
Sub-machine guns
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic: CZ Scorpion Evo 3
Flag of Germany.svg Germany: Heckler & Koch MP5
Grenade launcher T.S Gun
Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia: CS Mk.IV
Precision rifles
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK: Accuracy International PM

Support Equipment

Flag of the United States.svg USA: Taser X26
Flag of the United States.svg USA: Night vision devices
Flag of the United States.svg USA: T-baton - Made by Pro Squad Defence, including laser dot and LED flashlight
Flag of the United States.svg USA: Tactical Vest - Made by Blackhawk
Flag of the United States.svg USA: Ballistic helmet
Flag of the United States.svg USA: Tactical shield
Flag of the United States.svg USA: Thunderbolt Mono Shock Ram

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References

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  2. "Pemilihan Anggota Bagi Kursus Trup Tindakan Cepat (TTC) Jabatan Penjara Malaysia". July 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2009.[ dead link ]
  3. "Basic Training Graduation of Trup Tindakan Cepat (TTC) Ceremony". March 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.[ dead link ]