Kens­ing­ton po­lice to have car­bine ri­fle

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - NEWS - BY ANCELENE MACKIN­NON

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.”

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