The Malta Independent 21 April 2019, Sunday

Watch: Car accidents, vehicle checks, a fire and a bitten officer – a day with an RIU unit

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 15:18 Last update: about 8 months ago

Earlier this month, The Malta Independent videographer James Caruana went out with a unit from the Malta Police Force’s Rapid Intervention Unit.

The RIU is perhaps the best known unit of the Malta Police Force. Based at Ta' Kandja Police Complex, the unit’s aim is to provide a stronger police presence on the roads, and to assist other police units and in tactical issues.

The RIU has its own training wing, where RIU personnel are trained in-house. The training wing also assists in delivering specific courses to other Police units.


Caruana accompanied Police Sergeant Clayton Azzopardi and Police Constable Jurgen Falzon in their squad car as they responded to several calls.

These included a bad vehicle accident in Luqa, where a car had overturned and one of the persons involved was hyperventilating, and car fire in Birkirkara, where officers had to break down the door of a residence to save an elderly lady that was trapped inside her house. 

Another call was related to the police officer who was assaulted and bitten by a foreign national at the Hamrun police station.

The officers also speak about the highs, the lows and the dangers of their job.

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