Police buy $500,000 armoured vehicle to replace 42-year-old Grizzly

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Police departments with armoured vehicles often argue they are necessary to protect the public during events like mass shootings and high-risk scenarios. The new vehicle is designed to withstand small arms fire, with a relatively small size that makes it manoeuvrable in urban settings.

Calgary’s police departmentprocured an armoured vehicle from the Cambli Group in 2018.

The current Grizzly vehicle has been used more than 50 times, while the other vehicle has been used 250 times since it was purchased in 2013, police said.

Spokesman Scott Pattison said in 2014 the department didn’t use the Grizzly often because it had recently purchased the second vehicle.

When asked about whether EPS would be purchasing a third vehicle, the agency told Postmedia last week questions about funding for armoured vehicles or replacements would have to be answered through the Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) unit.

EPS said the Grizzly was used to retrieve hate crimes investigator Const. Dan Woodall’s body, and his partner, after he was fatally shot at a west-end home in 2015.

The Grizzly will be retired once officers are trained on using the new machine. As part of the original conditions of donation, the EPS is not permitted to sell the Grizzly.

— With files from Dylan Short





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