Armored vehicles

Particularly since Ferguson, police departments have been severely criticized for adopting military hardware. This editorial acknowledges the other side of the equation, noting that armored vehicles were used effectively during the recent Planned Parenthood incident in Colorado Springs, both for rescue and to make the forced entry that led to the gunman’s surrender.

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2 Responses to “Armored vehicles”

  1. Mark Bond Says:

    Reblogged this on e-Roll Call Magazine.

  2. Ashley Says:

    Several months ago, my agency received an active shooter call in which it was reported that gunmen had stormed a high school filled with students. Fortunately, it was a hoax. Unfortunately, it was designed to draw police resources so a commercial robbery could be carried out elsewhere.
    However, numerous students, parents, faculty, and staff were extremely appreciative our BearCat was available.
    One very emotional mother told me she was never so happy as when she saw officers “coming in the big truck because [she] knew then the cops would save [her] babies.”
    The criticisms of Balko and others aside, it seems many ordinary citizens are glad their police agencies have tools which can facilitate critical incident response.

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