Police armed with assault rifles: Coiteux has no objection

Policiers armés de fusils d’assaut: Coiteux n’a aucune objection

QUEBEC – The minister of public Safety, Martin Coiteux, sees no objection to this that the police forces in Quebec were equipped with an arsenal of increasingly heavy, like assault rifles.

More and more police services are the acquisition of assault rifles, not to special units, but for the patrollers, who will hang out in the trunk of the car, depending on what was learned Radio-Canada.

The police of Laval has placed an order of $ 168 000 to Colt for assault rifles AR-15, with a calibre of 5.56 mm. Châteauguay is about to do the same, while the police of Longueuil is already equipped.

The Sûreté du Québec, has acquired weapons of the canadian army.

In a press briefing Tuesday morning, before going to the meeting of the liberal caucus, minister Martin Coiteux has commented on this new trend. He said that he was not to interfere in the decisions of the police and that he did not see a sign of the militarization of the police.

He had raised no objection and said that the police must be equipped according to the threats.

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