WINNIPEG – It’s 15,000, the size of four regular cars and can go up to 100 km/h.
No, it’s not the batmobile but it’s pretty close.
The new Winnipeg Police armoured response vehicle or ARV1 has arrived and should be fully operation by Canada Day.
Police purchased the vehicle in December of 2015 for roughly $343,000 but had been waiting for it to arrive. They showed it off to the media today.
Police say the new vehicle will be available whenever needed but only operated by trained officers with the Tactical Support Team. Training is already underway.
Cst. Adam Cheadle is a member of the team and says ARV1 won’t be roaming the streets at all time. It will only be used for specific calls.
“There’s certain criteria where the vehicle will be used. A high risk incident for example, armed and barricaded,” he says. “We won’t necessarily be responding to street level calls.”
It will be up to police to determine which calls they use the vehicle on.
Cheadle says it will be used primarily in a “defensive” manner. That means as a means to rescue members of the public who may be in harms way or to shelter officers from danger. Cheadle says the reality is gun incidents and other dangerous calls are increasing in number.
Police point out that most other big city police forces already have a vehicle like this. Seventeen other Canadian police agencies use a similar vehicle and RCMP have 18 similar vehicles.
– Built on Ford F550 chassis. Uses a V8 diesel engine
– Maximum speed 100 km/h
– Weighs 15,000 lbs
– Same vehicle used by police in Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary
– Seats six