KJIPUKTUK (Halifax): The Halifax Regional Police Department (HRPD) wants to buy an armoured vehicle, in what it calls “a logical next step in our critical response to major critical incidents.”
It will make its case in a presentation to be delivered to the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners this Monday. That presentation is now posted on the City’s website.
The presentation points out that weaponry is not part of the vehicle, and it is referred to as an armoured rescue vehicle. However, in North America these vehicles have not just been used for rescue purposes, but also to battle demonstrators.
Police militarization neither reduces rates of violent crime nor changes the number of officers assaulted or killed, according to a study of 9,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
Global News reports that an armoured vehicle recently purchased by the Calgary police cost a cool $500,000.
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