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Assiniboine houses new Brandon Police armoured recovery vehicle


January 22, 2020
By Staff
Photo: Assiniboine Community College

The Brandon Police Service’s (BPS) new armoured rescue vehicle was unveiled for the first time publicly on Dec. 19, 2019, at Assiniboine Community College’s Victoria Ave. East campus, inside the Public Safety Training Centre.

“We are pleased that they looked to us to assist them with the storage of this armoured recovery vehicle (ARV),” the college announced.

Nearly $400,000 was provided to BPS to purchase the ARV, which is designed to be used in tactical responses in critical incidents across southwestern Manitoba. The ARV has the capacity to carry 10 fully equipped members at a time and is built with ballistic armour. The vehicle will be used by other police and public safety agencies within the region, in addition to BPS.

“Having the proper tools can help police officers respond quickly and safely, protecting themselves and the public,” said Justice Minister Cliff Cullen. “Brandon police have recognized this vehicle will be an incredible asset in dangerous situations, and our government is pleased to invest in an initiative that will bolster officer and public safety throughout southwestern Manitoba.”

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“The addition of the armoured rescue vehicle to our fleet will allow for increased safety for both the citizens we serve and the police officers that are tasked with bringing these high risk situations to a safe conclusion,” said Chief Wayne Balcaen, Brandon Police Service. “If deployed during a live event, citizens and police are provided an incredibly safe option. Having the ARV available for all of the Westman region is essential as we continue to work collaboratively with our justice partners.”