State Troopers Purchase Tactical Response Vehicles


by Victoria Taylor

FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers recently purchased three military-style armed vehicles called Lenco BearCats.

The vehicles, built by Lenco Armored Vehicles of Pittsfield, Mass., are going to Fairbanks, Soldotna and Palmer.
Capt. Randy Hahn says troopers wanted the BearCat because the $286,000 armored truck can safely get personnel into and rescue people out of dangerous situations. He also said the vehicle handles well given the size, but will require driver training for members of the Special Emergency Reaction Teams.

According to troopers and the Fairbanks Police Department, it doesn't have anything like the BearCat, but Hahn says Anchorage Police do. A few years ago, Anchorage Police used their military-style vehicle when confronting a suspect who shot at a trooper near Willow.
Hahn says the armored vehicle brought negotiators close enough to convince the shooter to surrender.

According to Hahn, each vehicle is anticipated to have a 20 year life expectancy.

This article was compiled with the help of the Associated Press.

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The Dude said on Wednesday, Apr 3 at 2:19 AM

Last week I read about police in boston going undercover on websites trying to locate concerts and other events staged in people's homes that might violate a city ordinance so they could break them up. I thought when I read that that maybe it's time to question whether the police have too much manpower and too much funding. I say that if armored military vehicles are truly needed in a particular situation, then that is for the governor to decide and he should call out the national guard to deal with such a catastrophic situation.

k said on Wednesday, Mar 27 at 7:07 AM

I'm not saying the officers don't deserve good equipment to stay safe-they do. I have been close enough to an incident that officers had to deal with to make me respect and appreciate their courage. I'm just questioning the massive scale of these purchases by Homeland Security, in the face of all this sequester propaganda, and our media's silence on the matter.

retired said on Tuesday, Mar 26 at 12:02 PM

All you cry babies: When was the last time you put your life on the line to save anyone?

k said on Monday, Mar 25 at 9:43 AM

Armored Vehicles and 2 billion rounds of ammo being bought up by our broke gov't and sent to law enforcement agencies around the country, and none of our so called "News' sources has the stones to ask why.

ASSSST said on Monday, Mar 25 at 6:47 AM

and cut school budgets....NICE!!!

oldmanlc40 said on Saturday, Mar 23 at 3:55 PM

Why does everyone want to start cuts with the law enforcement. They risk their lives trying to keep you safe,unless you're a bad guy, and they try to do it with the fire departments to. If they think they need cuts start with themselves, after all all the people that decide these cuts do is polish their big comfy chairs and have no idea what's outside their window'

ak lady said on Saturday, Mar 23 at 1:51 PM

oh and what are they thinking buying those toys? i thought we were in a recession! tax payers dollars buy trooper toys...hmm...

ak lady said on Saturday, Mar 23 at 1:48 PM

this is ridiculous! a huge armored killer vehicle for ONE man????

DAMOOSE said on Friday, Mar 22 at 3:49 PM

The Troopers are out of Control

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