Modernization, not militarization
Re: New patches a sign of police militarization, Opinion, Jan. 23Canadian Police Services continue to modernize, which Catherine Ford has mistaken for militarization. Forty years ago, officers carried leather lead saps. We now carry tasers, use computers in our cars, wear cameras and employ helicopters with specialized equipment, making us more effective and the citizens safer (notice I didn’t say civilians).Ford says that going to “aggressive black” cars is part of the “militarization” of policing. Last I checked, green or grey is the colour of choice for the military. I’m far less concerned about the colour of the vehicle than I am of the quality of the person who gets out of it.The use of the tactical unit (we don’t refer to it as SWAT here in Canada) is determined by evaluating the threat level of each call. Once a certain level is reached, the tactical unit is automatically deployed. These are not “routine calls,” as stated in her commentary. Anything but.The 2,200 officers of the Calgary Police Service are an arm of this community, not the arm of an oppressive state. They come to work with the goal of making citizens comfortable and safe in the community we all live in.Ford has taken random chunks of information and twisted them to fit a radical anti-police narrative.Les Kaminski, president, Calgary Police Association
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