The Winnipeg police are developing a formidable force. They now have boats, a helicopter and an armoured car. They are prepared for every contingency. They can nail drunken boaters on the rivers, observe bad guys on the ground at night from their airborne chopper equipped with infrared zoom cameras, and if a gang barricades themselves in a house with hostages, they can ram the place with a Gurkha armoured vehicle.
Winnipeg Police Service public relations photo.
The river patrol
Blast from the past, a hovercraft used by the police back in the 1970’s
The helicopter that is used extensively, it can be heard all the time patrolling over the central areas of the city.
And last but not least, the formidable armoured car beast. 8 gun ports.
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police arrested a 52-year-old armed man with the help of their new armoured vehicle.
On Sept.21, members of the Tactical Support Team were called on scene to the 600 block of Notre Dame Avenue for reports of a man armed with a gun.
Three people had reported sitting in their vehicle behind an apartment block, when a man approached them and made threatening comments. The victims fled and called police.
Police determined the suspect was in a residence in the area. “Attempts to contact the suspect went unanswered and an armed and barricaded situation was initiated,” police said.
The armoured rescue vehicle (ARV1) was deployed and used to gain entry into home. Police found a Uzi-style replica BB gun and arrested the suspect.
A 52-year-old Winnipeg man has been charged with uttering threats and pointing a firearm. He was released with a promise to appear in court.
When the $343,000 armoured rescue vehicle (ARV1) was first unvelived in June, police said it was much needed tool for officer and public safety.
The Gurkha MPV tactical vehicle is bullet-proof, blast-proof and weighs around four times as much as a normal car (15,000 lbs). Heavy, but fast. It cane travel more than 100km/hour. Although police say they don’t expect to take such a heavy vehicle past that speed.
The tactical vehicle is also used in other Canadian cities such as Toronto, Calgary and Hamilton.
The vehicle was first deployed in July at a call in the North End.
Seems like a bit of overkill.
The new police toy in the year 2060.