The ARV1 is just one example of the armoured vehicles manufactured by Newmarket, Ontario-based company Terradyne, but it's not the first Canadian police force to own one.

The Winnipeg Police Service has taken delivery of a GURKHA tactical Armoured Rescue Vehicle (ARV1), and while it may look tough, the Manitoba metropolitan police force believes its bark is worse than its bite.

The brutish 4x4 ARV1 features eight gun ports, ballistic and blast protection, military wheels, and an optional gun turret, but Winnipeg police say that by design it's "defensive in nature."

In theory, it could be used in scenarios such as safely transporting medical support teams to danger zones, better communicating in an armed or barricaded situation, or even aiding in the deployment of non-lethal force.

"The safety of the public and the well-being of our officers is something the Winnipeg Police Service takes very seriously. This vehicle will give us an advantage in diffusing dangerous situations in the safest way possible," said Deputy Chief Gord Perrier.

Although Winnipeg police tout the ARV1 as a protective measure, it's interesting to note that a Gurkha is a Nepalese soldiers who are famous for being modest yet fierce fighters. Ironically, there's even a story of one Gurkha who took on - and defeated - three tanks during one battle in World War II.

The ARV1 is a $343,000 armoured vehicle manufactured by Newmarket, Ontario-based company Terradyne, but it's not the first Canadian police force to own one. You can also find them in Calgary, Toronto, and Hamilton and the Peel Region area of Ontario, which includes Brampton, Mississauga, Port Credit and Caledon.

That's something to keep in mind if you're in one of those cities and an officer driving an ARV1 politely asks for your co-operation.

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