RCMP get 18 armoured vehicles to bolster emergency response teams

RCMP emergency response teams across Canada can now call in armoured vehicles for support in high-risk situations such as hostage takings and armed standoffs.

EDMONTON — RCMP emergency response teams across Canada can now call in armoured vehicles for support in high-risk situations such as hostage takings and armed standoffs.

The Mounties have taken delivery of 18 custom-built tactical armoured vehicles that can withstand high velocity bullets and explosions.

The vehicles — called TAVs — were designed by RCMP engineers and built by Navistar Defence Canada at a cost of $14 million.

RCMP say the four-wheel drive vehicles feature gun ports and can each carry a fully equipped tactical team.

Commissioner Bob Paulson says the armoured vehicles will help keep Mounties safe and increase their ability to deal with dangerous situations.

The RCMP was urged to get armoured tactical vehicles after the fatal shootings of four Mounties in 2005 near Mayerthorpe, Alta., by a man with a high-powered rifle.

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