Another weapon is joining the arsenal to help local officers do their job.
The Police Services Board has approved spending 200-thousand dollars on rifles that will be in patrol cruisers.
Deputy Chief Art Stannard was asked how often they’ll be used.
“In my heart, I’m hoping never. But, in my reality and my policing experience, we’d be using them for dangerous gun calls or for active shooters. Every day could be different, every week could be different. There might be weeks where we don’t use them at all,” says Stannard.
He believes just this week there have been three arrests of people carrying guns.
Stannard says having rifles isn’t new to the force, but expands the program to the general patrol officers.
Not all officers will have them and anyone who gets one will be trained.
It would only be used it for certain calls, or stay in the cruiser otherwise.
Nearly every other police force in Canada gives rifles to some officers to deal with dangerous calls, including RCMP in Manitoba.