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Council Moves to Purchase Armored Police Vehicle

The vehicle allows police to rescue injured police officers and civilians in the event of an active mass shooting.

Gloucester Township Council on Monday agreed to move forward with the purchase of a vehicle that would allow police to move more quickly in the event of a school shooting.

Police Chief W. Harry Earle met with Council during its work session Monday night to discuss the new SWAT vehicle.

The Lenco armored police rescue vehicle will cost roughly $250,000, Business Administrator Tom Cardis said. It will be purchased using both unused capital improvement funds from prior years, going back to 2007, and proceeds from drug forfeiture cases.

Earle referenced recent meetings with Mayor David Mayer on school security in the township in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

"This vehicle would be used by our Special Response, or SWAT, team and would be used during all of their tactical operations," the police chief said. "It's an armored rescue vehicle that would enable them to approach locations safely and evacuate injured officers, injured civilians."

Council must first approve an ordinance allowing the township to use unexpended capital funds. That ordinance will likely be heard on second reading and adopted at Council's Jan. 28 meeting.

"An armored vehicle like this would help better assist the police department in moving forward into a dangerous area without getting police or other people injured," Council President Glen Bianchini said.

No Camden County municipality has such a vehicle at this moment, Earle said.

Correction: This article, as initially published on Jan. 10, erroneously indicated Council would not consider the ordinance to use unexpended capital funds on second reading until Feb. 11.

Silence Dogood January 12, 2013 at 08:46 PM
"...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..."
Paul J. DiBartolo January 13, 2013 at 02:05 AM
“Oath of Allegiance form,” section A-2 in the “New Jersey Law Revision Commission” Final Report relating to Oaths and Affidavits published in March, 1999: “I, ____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, and that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the authority of the people.” Hello, what part of "under the authority of the people" do our elected and non-elected officials not understand?
Debbie Shinn January 14, 2013 at 01:39 PM
OK, never posted a comment anywhere before ever... I have lived in the state all my life, originally from Stratford. Have owned 2 homes to GT since the late 80's and have watched my property taxes skyrocket!!! Love GT, obviosly that is why I live here. BUT, I have watched the GT police force get bigger and bigger. They have equipment already meant for military. Are they expecting a WAR or something? What school shooting was interupted by a para-military vehicle. How can an armored vehicle get from point A to B faster than a sqad car or maybe the giant rolling Command Center they already have. If there was surplus cash from 2007 that was collected for capital investment and never spent, why did my property taxes go up again this year!! What planned capital investment was nixed to provide the surplus. Also, if they really wanted a new toy that cost a quarter millon, how about all that $$ that is being raked it with the red light camaras installed against us. I like our Mayor but enough is enough!!! I intend to send him an e-mail right now! DEB
Darren Gladden January 14, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Thanks Deb the more people that get in touch with the Local Government the more we can change AND make GOVERNMENT better ........Just care , I do
Ken January 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Sneaky Mayor. Smile in your face and stab you in the back. He's the Mayor of the township making over $55,000 plus he's a full time Comcast lobbyist making over $100,000 plus an adjunct professor for the college and a lawyer. He has to making over $200,000 a year, not to mention any kickbacks. The Mayor is on a spending spree. He talks nice and smiles and has a good demeanour, Mayor Mayer is exactly like the snake that Eve met when he convinced her to eat of the forbidden tree. Mayor Mayer makes everyone think he's a good guy. He gets others to do his dirty work and he sits back and smiles knowing that he was the one who plotted and planned it in the first place. When asked if he had anything to do with it, he looks at you with his beadie eyes and grins and says in a soft sneaky voice, I know nothing about that. Mayor Mayer is a sneaky person who really looks like one of the nicest people BUT REMEMBER - THAT IS one of the reasons why we should not judge people by their appearances

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