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Armored Rescue Vehicle to Cost Township $277,986

Gloucester Township received only one bid for the bulletproof police vehicle.

Gloucester Township officials on Wednesday opened the lone bid received for a contract to provide the Police Department with an armored rescue vehicle.

The bid from Pittsfield, MA-based Lenco came in at $277,986, Clerk Rosemary DiJosie said. It was unsealed in Council chambers at the Chews Landing Road municipal building.

It is expected the Township Council will vote to award the contract to Lenco at its Feb. 25 meeting.

Gloucester Township Police Deputy Chief David Harkins on Monday noted the vehicle is similar to those used by "an armored car driver...that we see at banks every day."

"It's a truck that's built on a Ford F-550 body. The difference is the materials it's made out of are the only thing that's tested and assured to stop bullets," Harkins added.

The armored rescue vehicle would be used by the Police Department's Special Response, or SWAT, team.

For past coverage of the township's move to purchase the armored rescue vehicle, click on the below links, which are listed in chronological order:

Darren Gladden February 18, 2013 at 05:39 AM
Susan Greene , I am a married man with a wonderful wife and two awesome boys . So sorry to say this but you act like you know me or you are in love with me ...."''REALLY """ cause if you knew me you will understand I really DON'T trust none of you people you kind of make me sick .Now if you been HAWKING me like it sames to be you are doing . You would understand I tend to listen to no one . I go off and see with my own TWO eyes and what" I" feel is WRONG in this town . Now since I went to my first council meeting in this town with an ISSUE . I saw with my own 2 eyes how this GOVERNMENT is ran in this TOWNship and it's way out of CONTROL . NOW CAN SOMEONE GET ME A TISSUE . How DARE your MAYOR call anyone a LAIR and then get school that the Phones today store all calls .........SMH .....Then each DAY as I go on my daily bussines hitting pot holes and making sure I fellow the 3 second rule before I turn on RED . I got to thinking how come our GOVERNMENT is run by a bunch of THUGS and wannbees not having a clue .This Township is going down a path of GREED and I just don't like it one bite and I like how you preach that this town is understaff and then say it's GREAT that we wasted 277,000 on a parde piece ..SMHA....Now your Bi-polar is showing STRONG you don't know what to do with me ........First you Attack and then you acting like you are coming to my aid .....Susan Greene you Fake one get some help Please ........and I'M saying this cause I care , Do you ,,,,State the truth
Darren Gladden February 18, 2013 at 05:46 AM
I think Susan Greene got a secert Crush on me .........
Charles February 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Mutual Aid will make it available to every town who needs it. It's like community property that GT gets to pay for and everyone gets to use. At least the County vehicle gets paid for by everyone.
OCNJ February 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Who cares as long as it is here for our GT when needed. Maybe they do reimburse not a bad idea at all!
@xxLouA February 18, 2013 at 06:24 PM
who belongs to Chews Landing Road from Municipal Bldg to Somerdale rd? State or local, but whoever..Someone, should look into it and get it paved. Pot hole Haven.....
Dave's Stache February 18, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Yes it is, if you are part of the political elite. If you have a low show/no show job, if you are scamming a fake disability, if you are related to someone in power, if you are a corrupt Norcrat, if you are a political hack, if you are a politically connected firm with a municipal contract and if you are just lacking ant moral fiber. So there, we agree on that.
@xxLouA February 18, 2013 at 07:21 PM
your point?? done deal and people are in prison...
@xxLouA February 18, 2013 at 07:25 PM
a lot of the crap written here should be cleaned up before it gets this far.... Some may be true, but to much of it is nonsense.... good luck
Debbie Shinn February 20, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Lenco's web-site specifically says they will assist with the paperwork to procure a HS grant for the cost of the vehicle. Check it out!!!
Debbie Shinn February 20, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Susan Greene: You should feel very secure knowing that we now have 2 of these things!
Debbie Shinn February 20, 2013 at 09:36 PM
The term is "well organized militia", HUMMMM. OMG, the Reserves!!!!!
Debbie Shinn February 20, 2013 at 09:53 PM
California brought in their armoured vehicle, thtye used it to approach the cabin and insert the incidiary device into the cabin that started the fire. These things come equiped with a batter ram on the front. The batter ram can be fitted with a spear device that punctures into the inside of a structure. once that is done, they can dispence high quantities of chemical agent hopefully just tear gas.
Debbie Shinn February 20, 2013 at 09:57 PM
This issue is not maybe, this thing is done. They have the bid from LENCO. My concern at this point is they could have obtained this thing through Homeland Security like most other states. NO, spend money, don't apply for a GRANT. LENCO even helps you obtain the grant, says so right on their web-site. Wave a wand....grant wishes!!!!
Debbie Shinn February 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I guessed it, LENCO submitted the only bid. As far as I can tell on the "inter-webs", they are the only Company making these things. There could be other Companies but they are not making the vehickle everyone wants, only LENCO. BTW, rumor has it LENCO was a Company started by Blackwater after they were thrown out of Iraq! Don't quote me on that one, have not been able to verify that little piece of news. If it is true, that would explain why the feds. are shoveling money out of Homeland Security to finace purchases on these things. The feds. will pander to thier hommies or war contractors.
Debbie Shinn February 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM
I don't believe there is corruption in the purchase of the ARV, just really poor judgement. They were not even aware they could apply for grant money from Homeland Security to purchase this thing!! Yet, they were prepared to just tell me they are no funds available. Really? Not accordinf to the LENCO web-site. Is Voorhees buying thier ARV with municiple $$ or did they apply for govt. grant.
Sybil Evans February 21, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Debbie, if what you are saying is true then it just makes us all wonder how any other company could have bid if no other company exists. It also explains why people like Darren, Beth (what you really think I don’t know), stashes minion, like to complain but refuse to complain using the company name that won the bid since they have tremendous ties to the war monger George Bush (take your pick which one or both) and Dick (Halliburton) Cheney. Maybe you’re right if they created this company and are the only ones building this vehicle, we probably are spending too much. That said I'd still rather line Bush and Cheney’s pockets and be safe then not have the vehicle and be vulnerable.
Sybil Evans February 21, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Mutual Aid, Charles maybe you need to understand what tat means seems like 4 years on council and you still fail to grasp the simple concept of "Mutual".
Debbie Shinn February 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I find it disturbing that there is always references made that maybe Charles, Sybil and others are lurkers that are actually members of Council? If that is found to be true would that not be a violation of ethics? Not to mention as a resident here honestly wanting to contact with other residents who might share mutual concerns, I would find such behavior extremely disrepectful and unbecoming of a public servant. Would any of this be true? I am asking and expecting an honest answer!
Debbie Shinn February 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Susan, do you really mean to come across as condecending as you sound? You should really be embarrassed and apologize to Darren. He is after all an adult. Are You?
Debbie Shinn February 22, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Lou, You can and should voice your concerns about county roads to your local Freeholders office. Freeholder Ian Leonard would handle road repair projects nd yesm I would beleive Chews would be considered a county road. Having said that, I do recongize that for some reason, County roads within GT are in especially bad condition and I am not sure why. The same roads are in much better shape once you leave GT. Interesting....
@xxLouA February 22, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Deb: ty for the info but don't you think it's either the Mayor/council who should contact these people or as you say Freeholder Ian Leonard about getting this job done? After all they have a job and are getting compensated for doing it. thank you again. hagd
Debbie Shinn February 22, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Lou: You are absolutely correct. GT MUA to be correct, should be in constant contact w/the Freeholder office to ensure the County is aware of what needs to be done with our township roads. It would be part of there job to foster teamwork, collaboration and effective communications. All very important qualities for successful leadership and management. Neither the MUA or Council should suggest or refer you or I to the County but have an answer for us upfront. There my friend lies the overall problem!
True Dat February 22, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Bingo! They have that communication problem despite the fact that those groups are all cogs in the same machine.
Charles February 22, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Sybil: It seems you don't get the mutual aid idea very well. Please tell me where I'm wrong in my comment. (BTW, never been on Council!)
Darren Gladden February 22, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Enjoy the video http://youtu.be/_RFH7C3vkK4. I can't believe you brought up Bush and Chency , Let's bring it closer to home Sybil Please and let's talk about all the DEMS PAC around this town and our Elected peeps that run them ......SMH .....Can't believe you Brought up Bush ...SMH .....Let's move Foward PLEASE and BUILD THE FEILD OF DREAMS this year and make Better Tomorrows FOR ALL .......Just care , I do
Darren Gladden February 22, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Susan Greene kind of Acts like a New Freeholder
Darren Gladden February 22, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Debbie Shinn ..............Thank you again you don't understand you have yourself a new Friend .........
Darren Gladden February 22, 2013 at 07:45 PM
No Wait I want to be the Leader of your Fan Club ...Common SENSE answer to Common Sense Question thank you so much Debbie ....Now to OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS please do ANSWER this simple QUESTION ..........WHY DO YOU FEEL IN YOUR HEART that we should buy and APC and Not have a Field of Dreams PUT down for the KIDS this year and if I ASK THIS QUESTION AT the NEXT council Meeting can I get an ANSWER without SOMEONE attacking me CAUSE YOU KNOW MY SAYING ........Just care , I do
Darren Gladden February 22, 2013 at 08:01 PM
watch this people .......We can START changing we just NEED to be LEAD the right way . Watch this and understand this is WAY and How I get my Passion http://youtu.be/ciYk-UwqFKA Just care Peeps and Remmeber WE are ALL someone ....Get the Field Down DAVE show us something to BELIEVE in
Debbie Shinn February 25, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Thank You Charles. Sybil? "I would bet those dead cops in California wished they were driving in this vehicle when they were shot at." Really unfair statement! How about the 2 innocent lady citizens who found themselves under overhwheling fire by the Police who were trying to KILL them without any warning just because they were driving a pick-up truck? One lady hit in the back, fortunetley they were not killed! LAPD apologized, said was JUST a mistake!! Take a look at that story before making such self-rightous judgmental statements!! Find another way!!

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