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Winnipeg Police Ready to Deploy Armoured Rescue Vehicle. Yes, they have really bought one of these.   Leave a comment


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WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg police have added a new set of wheels to its fleet. Police unveiled its $343,000 armoured rescue vehicle (ARV1) Wednesday morning.

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.

Police said it’s a much needed tool for officer and public safety. “This does bring us in line with other services across the country, most services have this capability,” WPS Superintendent Gord Perrier said.

“On a general threshold it’s about weapons, if weapons are present this is where that vehicle will come into play,” Perrier said.

The tactical vehicle is also used in other Canadian cities such as Toronto, Calgary and Hamilton. Calgary Police Service said it has been using an ARV since 2008 and on average it has been called to 30-35 incidents per month. They also have a second ARV being purchased soon.

Constable Adam Cheadle with the Tactical Support Team said the risks in Winnipeg are growing and therefore so is the necessity for ARV1.

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“Whether it’s firearms incidents, or higher risk, it is increasing yearly. So, its potential of being used is great than years past,” Cheadle said.

A Criminologist at the University of Manitoba agrees, saying it is an important tool for protecting police and the community. But, he questions whether an armed rescue vehicle of this magnitude is necessary.

“Something like body cameras would be far more utilized day to day on a very routine basis than an armoured vehicle like this one,” said Frank Cormier from the University of Manitoba.

The new set of wheels are set to be in full function by as early as Canada Day.

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Do the Winnipeg police really need a vehicle like this? I can’t remember anytime when the police were in a shootout with heavily armed adversaries. All the barricaded gunman situations involve a lone person suffering from some form of mental distress. How will this little tank help in that situation? Drive through the front window and drop stun grenades out the gun portals?

The Winnipeg police will not be involved in this kind of L.A. shootout.

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Posted June 22, 2016 by markosun in Police

Popup Police Surveillance Towers   Leave a comment


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Crime spree in the neighbourhood? One of these should deter the bad guys.

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Manned Mobile Surveillance System

Elevated, Highly Mobile Security Solutions

Vantage point is everything when it comes to surveillance. SkyWatch mobile observation towers provide a high level platform for an array of surveillance options. Every portable tower includes the basics for the comfort and safety of the officer inside through adjustable heat and air conditioning, tinted sliding glass windows and comfortable seating. And no matter the application, only one person is required to set up and deploy a unit.

The SkyWatch portable surveillance tower can easily be relocated and is rugged enough to handle even the most primitive off-road conditions. Each of our hydraulic security tower models are adaptable for cameras, radios, public address systems and other equipment integration. Now, one officer can cover an area previously requiring three or more personnel.

SkyWatch manned mobile surveillance towers are available in two models – Sentinel and Frontier. The SkyWatch Sentinel provides the high profile deterrence and surveillance capabilities police officers and security professionals need – from a prisoner working party to disaster response. The SkyWatch Frontier provides the most robust and flexible surveillance options for high level security scenarios. The Frontier also comes in either one or two-man cabs.

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Posted May 8, 2016 by markosun in Crime, Police

Are the Winnipeg Police Paranoid?   Leave a comment


The Winnipeg Police Service seems to be getting paranoid. They are acquiring more lethal weapons and a tactical vehicle. This city isn’t really known for criminals that are armed to the teeth. Usually the police deal with dumb and not too dangerous street gangs and drunks. Do they need an armoured car to deal with that?

Last year the police unveiled their newest toy, a Ghurkha Armoured car. Tag price $350,000.

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I can’t recall the last time there was a siege in the city.

The police already have a helicopter.  It has FLIR, (Forward Looking Infra-Red).

 

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Now they are getting rifles.  The Winnipeg police board has approved the purchase of  semi-automatic carbine rifles for its front-line officers.

The rifles will go to general patrol officers, those who are often the first on the scene.

The purchase cost is estimated at $200,000.  Deputy Police Chief Art Stannard said they will help better protect officers.

“They can do a job from a long distance if they have to eliminate a threat,” Stannard said.

The tactical unit is already armed with similar rifles.

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The other day I noticed the cops have placed concrete blocks around the new police headquarters. I guess they don’t want a disgruntled ex-con to drive an explosive laden U-Haul into the building.

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According to intrepid investigative Winnipeg journalist Leroy Dejung, the police have a wish list item that could put them back a few million dollars.

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Apache Attack Helicopter with 20 mm chain gun, Hellfire anti-tank missiles, rocket pods and a very bad attitude! Lookout Gang-Bangers!

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Posted April 9, 2016 by markosun in Police, Winnipeg

Every Riotous Hooligans Worst Nightmare: The Brutish Water Cannon   Leave a comment


Watching the riots that developed at the memorial march in Brussels the other day I again noticed a huge Water Cannon.  Right-wing thugs showed up at the march screaming anti-migrant and white supremacist chants.  The hooligans got washed good by a gigantic Belgium water cannon.

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A water cannon is a device that shoots a high-velocity stream of water. Typically, a water cannon can deliver a large volume of water, often over dozens of meters. They are used in firefighting, large vehicle washing and riot control.

The first truck-mounted water cannon were used for riot control in Germany in the beginning of the 1930s.

The most modern versions do not expose the operator to the riot, and are controlled remotely from within the vehicle by a joystick. The German-built WaWe 10.000 can carry 10,000 litres (2,200 imp gal) of water, which can deploy water in all directions via three cannons, all of which are remotely controlled from inside the vehicle by a joystick. The vehicle has two forward cannons with a delivery rate of 20 litres per second (260 imp gal/min), and one rear cannon with a delivery rate of 15 litres per second (200 imp gal/min).

Water cannons designed for riot control are still made in the United States and the United Kingdom, but most products are exported, particularly to Africa and parts of Asia such as South Korea.

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Use of water cannon in riot control contexts can lead to injury or death, with fatalities recorded in Indonesia (in 1996, when the cannon’s payload contained ammonia), Zimbabwe (in 2007, when the use of cannons on a peaceful crowd caused panic), Turkey (in 2013, when the payload was laced with “liquid teargas”), and Ukraine (in 2014, with the death of activist and businessman Bogdan Kalynyak, reportedly catching pneumonia after being sprayed by water cannon in freezing temperatures). South Korea used water cannons containing capsaicin and fluorescent dyes for later screening and arrest in recent protests against its citizens.

Water cannons in use during the 1960s, which were generally adapted fire trucks, would knock protesters down and on occasion, tear their clothes.

On 30 September 2010, during a protest demonstration against the Stuttgart 21 project in Germany, a demonstrator was hit in the face by a water cannon. Dietrich Wagner, a retired engineer, suffered from the damage to his eyelids, a fracturing of a portion of the retinal bone, and damage to the retinas. The eye injuries thus inflicted on the man resulted in near-complete loss of eyesight. Graphic imagery was recorded of the event, sparking a national debate about police brutality and proportionality in the use of state force.

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Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul May 31, 2013. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX106VO

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A few examples of the beasts

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Demonstrationsverbot in Berlin! Infolge der Ruhestörungen durch die Aufführung des Remarque-Films "Im Westen nichts Neues" ist ein Demonstrationsverbot für Berlin erlassen worden. Die Polizei sicherte die Strassen und Plätze im Berliner Westen mit Wasserwerfer und grossem Polizeiaufgebot. Der Wasserwerfer der Schutzpolizei am Wittenbergplatz in Berlin zur Verhinderung nächtlicher Demonstrationen.

One of the first water cannon. Germany 1930’s.

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China. Typical Chinese approach, if the water cannon don’t knock them down, plow through the crowd with the big blade.

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Posted March 29, 2016 by markosun in Police, Vehicles