Does the Marin Sheriff's Office Need a $370K Armored Truck?

County uses federal and state Homeland Security grants to buy a BearCat G3, a vehicle that "provides .50 caliber armor protection" used by "SWAT and Special Ops teams."

Do Marin law enforcement officials need tanks?

In using federal and state grant funding specifically designated for anti-terrorism projects to buy a steel-plated rescue vehicle built from a Ford F-550 commercial truck chassis, officials from the County of Marin and the Marin County Sheriff's Office say yes.

As first reported by the Marin Independent Journal, the county has purchased a BearCat G3 from Lemco, a Massachusetts defense contractor. The 16,000-pound armored tank can hold up to 10 law enforcement officers and drives 80mph.

In seeking approval for the new vehicle, Sheriff Robert Doyle told the Marin County Board of Supervisors that the county's Special Response Team needs the new vehicle to handle "incidents that are beyond the capability of first responders," according to the IJ. The sheriff said the 16-member special response team includes a four-member "weapons of mass destruction unit" to deal with "chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents." The team is trained in "terrorism response scenarios" and is designed as "a regional asset in the North Bay."

What do you think of this purchase? Is it justified as a regional need? Tell us in the Comments.

Kevin Moore February 19, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Yvette, if I was going to make up a story, I'd make up a better one. My point was I have had a gun pulled on me. Not fun. I know bullets go right through windshields. Does Marin, Sonoma, and the North Bay need several armored trucks? No. One to evacuate wounded officers or get officers to an active shooting might be enough. LA Bank robbery watch at 3:30 4 SWAT officers in a patrol car. http://youtu.be/SVeb_zZdliw
school bus ninja February 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM
I can solve all this bickering right now. EVERYONE gets taxed at 100%. Rich and poor alike. Then everyone will have skin in the game. The money goes to Our Fearless Leader President Obama. He can give the money to whomever he wants. Solyndra, teacher's union, SEIU, Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright, Black Panther Party. Everyone else just STFU. How do you like that plan.
Malik Nidal February 27, 2013 at 07:51 PM
LEAN FORWARD Aerial drones over your home are good for you and keep you safe from terrorists. Armored cars driving through your bedroom communities also keep you safe. Registering gun owners like sex offenders is necessary for you to be safe. Banning 90% of firearms and magazines will make you safer still. And, the Dept. of Homeland Security has just purchased 2 BILLION rounds of ammunition to deal with any domestic terrorists who might think otherwise. FORWARD, slaves.
tony masi March 09, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Militarization of local police? http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/03/07/a-c-l-u-has-concerns-over-military-weapons-used-by-local-police/
Active Thinker March 16, 2013 at 07:45 PM
So agree...more wasted money. A tank for the Marin Sheriff Dept? Give me a break. How many homeless people could we have feed or lunches for kids at a school could we have bought.It cost so much to maintain it every month as well.. What are we waiting for Red Dawn? This is happening everywhere around the US...Thanks to homeland security and Bush for helping us become like this...


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