The Toronto Police Service is upgrading its arsenal with some high-powered hardware.
The organization has purchased 51 patrol carbines, which will be provided to the city’s 17 divisions. Frontline officers will have access to these weapons. Each division will be equipped with three of them, available to officers 24 hours a day.
The rifle in question is the C8 patrol carbine, pictured below.
Each gun costs between $2,000 to $3,000.
Many of Toronto’s specialized units have been outfitted with assault rifles for year, but regular beat cops have gone without, until now.
Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash states that the rifle is more accurate than the forces’ shotguns, and can penetrate the body armour that is becoming more common on the street.
Some criminologists, like Carleton University’s Darryl Davies, believe that the standard issue handgun carried by cops is an “antiquated weapon”.
Other benefits include the weapon’s light weight, excellent range, and large ammo clip.
Do you think it’s necessary for Toronto Police to army themselves with military style weapons?
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