How the “War on Terror” has militarised our Police. Introducing the Ballistic Engineered Armoured Response Counter Attack Truck or BEARCAT.
Via Perth Now
A $400,000 counter-terrorism armoured vehicle has today been added to WA's police crime-fighting arsenal.
Federal Fremantle MP Melissa Parkesaid the vehicle was an excellent example of the Federal Government’s commitment to building our national security capability.
"National security remains a key focus of the Federal Government," Ms Parke said.
"The recent and tragic bombings in the United States have once again highlighted the importance of being prepared and vigilant.
"This vehicle provides the Western Australian Police Force the capability they need to quickly and effectively respond in the unlikely event of a terrorist incident.''
"The vehicle is being provided to the Western Australia Police by the Federal Government to provide extra capability in the unlikely event of a terrorist incident.
"It will increase the protection of our police officers in very dangerous and hostile situations.''
'Bearcat' has an impressive list of features which includes gun ports, rotating roof hatch, two electric winches, emergency light/sirens, spot/flood lights, battering ram, tear gas deployment nozzle, thermal cameras, common remotely operated weapon station and protection against chemical, biological, radiological nuclear and high-yield explosives.
There are two uses for a vehicle like the BEARCAT – one) if a fictional Zombie apocalypse were to ever eventuate, then that’s the truck you want or two) if there should ever be a “Citizens” revolt, then a few of these would help restore “order.”
Next we’ll see Predator Drones flying in our skies? Why not? A Predator surveillance drone flown over the U.S. border in Texas costs the Department of Defense US$3,234 per flight hour. That equates to a dozen or so officers on the ground. Community policing, actual officers walking the streets and interacting with civilians, instead of patrolling in cars or rolling-in armoured response vehicles, has by far proven the most effective form of law enforcement – budgetary and statistically. The militarisation of local police is inherently opposite of strategies that have shown the best results.