Sault Ste. Marie Police Service says it’s time to retire its bomb robot – which, according to a police board report, is “literally held together by wires and tape” – from the ranks of its Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU).
City police will use its capital reserve fund in 2019 to purchase a replacement robot and a bomb suit for the EDU, as well as four night vision units for its Emergency Services Unit (ESU).
The new robot for the EDU, known as the ICOR Caliber T5, can identify and disarm booby traps, improvised explosive devices and other dangerous objects in closed areas, buildings and vehicles, according to a report submitted by Sgt. Rodney Burrows of the ESU.