Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Community Events Take Up One-Third of Time for Winnipeg Police Armoured Car

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Community Events Take Up One-Third of Time for Winnipeg Police Armoured Car

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Lots of photo ops for Winnipeg police vehicle

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WINNIPEG - CTV News is reporting that an armoured rescue vehicle purchased by the Winnipeg Police Service last year for $342,800 is used almost a third of the time for parades and promotional events.

CTV says it has obtained documents showing the armoured vehicle has been used 15 times for community engagements including an appearance in a police dog calendar, a photo-op with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and taking part in the Santa Claus parade.

It has been used 34 times for training and operations, including attending a gun call in December.

Todd MacKay of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the purchase should be closely analysed to see whether it's a necessary piece of safety equipment or a toy for the police department. …

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