May 30, 2012 - 6:27amUpdated: May 31, 2012 - 11:06am
Saskatooon police officers go through mock training drill to demonstrate new armoured vehicles. Bre McAdam/News Talk Radio
The Saskatoon Police Service has a new vehicle rolling out on the streets.
Members of the Emergency Response Team were on site Tuesday afternoon during a mock drill event to show off their new $300,000 heavy-duty armoured vehicle.
“It’s got the capability to allow us to deploy resources closer to a danger zone,” said Sgt. Ken Kane. “It can put tactical medics right where the injured person is,” he said, adding that the LAPD SWAT team have been using the Lenco armoured vehicle for decades.
Kane said the vehicle, which can seat up to 12 members and is made with bulletproof windows, will be used for high-risk calls involving weapons. He said police started looking into purchasing the vehicle shortly after Cpl. Jim Galloway was fatally shot in 2004 in Alberta.
“In an effort to combat these situations and minimize the dangers associated, the SPS purchased a Police Rescue Vehicle from Lenco Armored Vehicles,” explains a press release from police.
According to the release, the vehicle has a lifespan of 30 years and is used by the United States army, navy and air force.