Now the RCMP is rolling out their new armored personnel carriers according to a Navistar Defense Canada press release:
Navistar Defence Canada, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar Defense, LLC, today announced that it delivered on a USD $14 million contract from the Government of Canada to supply the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with International® MXT™ Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs). The new vehicles will provide increased protection and rescue capabilities for RCMP officers and members of the public during high-risk situations. The contract to support the RCMP is the company’s first MXT vehicle sale to the police and security sector.
“The RCMP is well regarded throughout the world as a top police service and we are honored to have been selected to provide MXT vehicles,” said Dan Webster, president, Navistar Defence Canada. “Navistar proudly supports allied military forces overseas and now we are taking steps to help security forces serve and protect here at home. In addition, this award supports the product diversification goals of our parent company.”
The RCMP is unique as it serves as a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. The RCMP provides policing services to three territories, eight provinces (except Ontario and Quebec), more than 150 municipalities and more than 600 Aboriginal communities. In addition, the RCMP provides federal policing services to all Canadians.
Navistar has used its manufacturing and engineering flexibility to customize MXT APC units to meet the RCMP’s specialized needs. The proven MXT platform is currently in operation in Afghanistan with the British Army. The vehicle has demonstrated exceptional survivability and off road performance in theater in all environmental conditions.
As stated in the press release the MXT platform is currently being used in several military conflicts and below is a picture of one in Afghanistan. Receives
The models being employed by the RCMP will look more like this one.
The RCMP version comes with multiple gun ports, and can carry a full tactical team.
As we watch countless police forces around our nation and even our national police force the RCMP totally militarizing, we must stop. Take a step back and ask is this really necessary? Do we need or want military vehicles in the hands of local police? And most of all. When do we start calling Canada a total police state?