Spanish National Police Trains Six New Specialists In The Deactivation of Explosives and CBRN Agents

The Spanish National Police have 6 new CBRN technicians specialising in the deactivation of explosive devices and CBRN. After a selection process with 14 candidates and 18 months of training, only six officers have passed one of the longest and most demanding training processes of the National Police. The new members have prior training in subjects related to the specialty, such as biology, chemistry and electronics.

More than 300 agents chose the course, of which fourteen were selected. The selection of new applicants is made among members of the National Police, with more than two years of active service, who pass a knowledge test on physics, chemistry, electronics, biology, radiology, telecommunications and meteorology, among other disciplines. There is also a psychophysical aptitude test and a personal interview with specialized psychologists and members of the Specialty, who evaluate and determine the suitability of the applicant’s profile. 

The course has a teaching load of 1,550 hours, for 18 months, which contemplates a 50% balanced training balance between purely teaching and practical activities with technical material, exercises, drills and real practices. Among the subjects are Legal Aspects, Administrative, Biological Agents, Chemical Agents, Nuclear Agents, Electronics of artifacts, Explosives, Artifices, Weapons of War, Investigation of incidents related to explosives and CBRN agents.

Applicants must face important and demanding practices such as the CBRN Emergency Intervention Course, Combat Tactical Care Course, collection of biological samples in collaboration with the Carlos III Public Health Institute, destruction of ammunition and demining, and finally the alleged operations with explosives and CBRN agents. Finally, the applicant must pass a month of internships and coexistence, joining the different Operating Groups.

The six new members, two inspectors and four policemen, are becoming part of a Unit that has adapted to historical circumstances to successfully deal with terrorism and current technological risks. It especially stands out for teamwork, the capacity for analysis, organization, decision-making, observation and concentration, as well as the sacrifice of its components.

With the passing, by the inspector, of the XXXVI TEDAX-NRBQ course, at present there are fourteen women filling various jobs at different scales. The entrance of the woman took place in the year 1990, having recently celebrated the 30th anniversary.

Currently, the international collaboration of the specialty is patent, actively participating in a myriad of organizations, such as the International Bomb Data Center Working Group -Collaborative group of government agencies for the exchange of information in the TEDAX field-, OPCW (Organism for the chemical weapons ban), IAEA. (International Atomic Energy Agency), C-IED (Counter Improvised Explosive Devices), EOD EUROPOL or the European Police College, CEPOL.

In addition, it continues its participation in seminars, congresses, trainings, conferences and practical demonstrations related to the subject. Also, the excellence demonstrated in the teaching activity is noteworthy since 36 Specialization Courses have been developed in which, in addition to training the members of the National Police, they have instructed other Institutions such as the Armed Forces, and Forces and Corps of Spanish security, as well as the formation of international police units such as Colombia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Chile or Morocco. 

The TEDAX-CBRN, attached to the General Information Commissariat, constitute the acting unit in the presence and detection of alleged explosive and incendiary devices and all kinds of CBRN agents, as well as the collection, transport, analysis and investigation of the mechanisms, elements and remains of said artifacts and substances or agents. It is currently deployed throughout the national territory, with a Central Unit and 28 peripheral Groups distributed by the different Superior Police Headquarters.

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