Norway police to get bullet-proof vehicles

The Norwegian military is set to lend armoured cars to police forces across the country, with at least one bullet-proof vehicle per police district to be made available to law enforcers.

Norway police to get bullet-proof vehicles
A normal police car seen to the left during an rescue operation. File photo: Rolf-Martin Hansen/Scanpix

"Once the vehicles have been distributed among the police districts, each of the 27 districts will have access to at least one bullet proof car," said crisis response manager Kaare Sognstad at the national police headquarters. 

The cars will be distributed toward the end of the year, once the deal is sealed between Norway's armed forces and the police.

Discussions about bringing in vehicles with added protection began in 2004, when a police officer was shot dead during a robbery in Stavagner, western Norway. 

While the police has not set aside money to invest in an armoured car fleet, the armed forces just purchased 81 brand new bullet proof Toyota Land Cruisers.

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