According to the National Post, a growing number of Canadian police forces are receiving military-grade armoured vehicles. The RCMP stated that these vehicles are to be used only during “critical incidents” and “should not be deployed or used for crowd control.” Possibly due to the events escalating in Ferguson, not everyone is impressed.
“It doesn’t seem to me like a big step toward militarization of this organization. It’s just providing the basic tool that members need to do their job and protect the public,” Byron Boucher, an RCMP assistant commissioner, said.
He said five RCMP tactical armoured vehicles from as far as Ottawa were deployed to Moncton, N.B., in June during the hunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of three Mounties from the Codiac detachment.
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