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.