Kensington police to have carbine rifle
The Kensington Police Department will no longer need to call upon the RCMP or Summerside Police Services for the use of a carbine rifle.
The purchase of a carbine, which is a short-barrelled rifle, was recently approved by Kensington town council.
Police Chief Lewie Sutherland, said six officers will receive three days of training with an instructor once the rifle arrives.
“Each officer is required to shoot 1,000 rounds at the shooting range,” he said, and added they will also be trained on different situations when to use the rifle, and how to dismantle and reassemble it.
Sutherland said the carbine is a step-up compared to their side arms.
“It’s a unique weapon. Most police agencies across the country and P.E.I. have all adopted them. They’re very accurate, fast, and powerful.”
Having their own carbine rifle will be convenient for the department, added the police chief.
“There are different scenarios they’re needed for. We had one arise three weeks ago when we had to call the RCMP, and they had to bring their carbine with them.”
The gun won’t be carried in the car, he said.
“It will be secured in our office and when the need arises the member or members will return to the office to get it.”
Sutherland expects they will have the carbine soon.
“As soon as the weapon arrives we’ll be making arrangements with the instructor to put on the course. We’re looking forward to having it here.”