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Council Approves Purchase of Armored Rescue Vehicle

Gloucester Township Police get their armored rescue vehicle.

As expected, Gloucester Township Council on Monday approved a resolution authorizing township officials to enter into a contract to purchase an armored rescue vehicle for the Police Department.

The measure was approved as part of Council's consent agenda. The vote was unanimous.

The township will pay Lenco Industries Inc. $277,986 for the bulletproof police vehicle.

Councilman Dan Hutchison defended the controversial vehicle purchase at the conclusion of Monday's meeting.

"We as a Council, we as a town owe it to our officers to give them every tool that they can possibly have to possibly prevent one of them from being killed," he said. "It is so worth it to purchase this vehicle."

Pittsfield, MA-based Lenco was the lone company to bid for the contract with Gloucester Township.

Deputy Police Chief David Harkins described the armored rescue vehicle, which will be used by the Police Department's Special Response Unit, or SWAT, as "a truck that's built on a Ford F-550 body" but made from "the only thing that's tested and assured to stop bullets" at Council's Feb. 11 meeting.

Police Chief W. Harry Earle came to Council to discuss purchasing the armored rescue vehicle back in early January.

 

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:

Joe March 05, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Maybe the redlight camera booty will pay for it. We could get a few of these tanks.
Susan Greene March 05, 2013 at 07:47 PM
ok Darren, just asked, if you say you didn't do it , then I will try to believe you, if you want a opra report , get it yourself or ask John to do it for you to vindicate you he should after all that's what friends are for .I may already have a copy. I just asked because there was controversy about it and thought I would come to you for the truth. I didn't attack you, I just asked you a question. I didn't lie, I just asked you a question..no need to get so upset, unless your hiding something.
Darren Gladden March 05, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Sorry , Look the way you ask , Winjob
Andre Bademos March 05, 2013 at 08:03 PM
wow saw some pretty insane things happen here in GT but I cant believe people would take stalking to this degree. I really cant believe the police are this inept in this town that they don't investigate this. It is obvious someone is stalking and harassing this guy and the mayor and the police knowing there is a trial tomorrow for the same exact conduct are doing nothing? or are they? http://gtrmc.com/index.php?topic=91.0
Lauren Burgoon March 05, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Is there a reason everyone on here can't act like adults and refrain from calling each other names? Cut it out.

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