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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.

telepathy January 11, 2013 at 08:31 AM
At least they're not buying horses and bayonettes. Let's hope this vehicle will outlive its usefulness and just become a gigantic eyesore taking up space and needing to be dusted off every so often. Planning for a tragedy of this magnitude should be nothing more than wishful thinking and downright precautionary. How much unexpended funds have they been sitting on anyways from 2007? 5 years? Guess this purchase is just some of the interest from the principal balance that's left after they probably pulled the money from under Big O's mattress.
Paul J. DiBartolo January 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Whoa, whoa, whoa, this is Gloucester Township not Camden or Philadelphia. I'm curious to know how many school shootings were actually derailed by law enforcement responding in the manner in which this article is suggesting we can mitigate such a situation as opposed to such a situation being cut short by an armed individual or officer already on site. How about it, Sean, do you have the resources to compile such a statistic?
Thomas Pickel January 11, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Military Surplus Vehicles will nicely suit the bill!
Charles January 11, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I can't believe our politicians have money UNSPENT since 2007! What's wrong with these guys? Since when do our pol's let money just sit around? (Do you really believe that story?)
Glotwp Resident January 11, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I hope that we will have to "dust it off" every year and it sits there in front of the police station as a remembrance that it can happen us. If we never have to use it that is well spent tax money, no matter where the money came from. I think it is needed but why not look at getting a retired Armored Vehicles from a bank like Wells Fargo, Dunbar or something like that. As for the use of our Military vehicles. Even though they are in the middle of open fire everyday they don’t have adequate armorer or any at all. As for using the money for the extremely high taxes I don’t think the $250,000 will not go very far with over 23,000 households in GT. Let’s protect our officers and our residence but let’s look at the economy and be reasonable.
Paul J. DiBartolo January 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Let's look to Ben Franklin who said, "A penny saved is a penny earned," and remember that each $250 thousand spent eventually becomes a million, ad inifinitum. As for your rationale that it can happen to us, I contend we could justify spending millions on scenarios that could go wrong so that's not worth any further response. Are you one of those who would say, if we can save one life, it's worth it? Exactly how much of your own money are you willing to spend to save one life? For all who think that's a valid statement, if it took all your money and it could be proved that we could save one life, would it be worth it to you?
Darren Gladden January 11, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Okay I like Chief Earl fair guy and nothing but respect for you SIR. ....Now To buy this TOY for our Police is a JOKE and it is nothing but a toy people I say the money can go to MORE better things in this TOWN .................. Maybe we should put the money into training on How to process a Prissoner. Come on PEOPLE of GT wake up . Now I went to Loring Fleming for a play and walk the HALLS and BATHROOMS what a Toilet and I send my kid there . Now before u peeps start de attack understand I not talking about the people I'm talking about the building ........OMG , HEY O your first job when you get your new FAT JOB is to walk with me and I will show you a MILLION things I see you and your PEEPS once again are dropping the BALL on but you are scared and you are SELFISH and you will not do it ....... Hey DEM peeps Maybe stop PIMPING UP THE POLICE Force and invest the MONEY Right and maybe INVEST the money in ALL our kids .....Just saying ...Just care , I do http://youtu.be/WRmBChQjZPs Take care I feel much better getting that off my Chest
Local Resident January 11, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Exactly!
Local Resident January 11, 2013 at 03:58 PM
This is a joke - just another way for the Mayor to piss away our tax money!
Local Resident January 11, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I heard we're getting a stealth fighter next!
Local Resident January 11, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Maybe this is because our police anre soon going to be patrolling Camden?
Local Resident January 11, 2013 at 04:06 PM
You've got this township pegged! All they want to do is buy more TOYS - from all those the DARE cars & motorcycles to the army toys. They have wasted more money on that crap and no-one could have cared less (except the cops that got to use them in their off hours)!
Paul J. DiBartolo January 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Local Resident, did you read this in the article... >> ...a vehicle that would allow police to move more quickly in the event of a school shooting. Further down we read... >> (Police Chief) 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. So, the initial explanation for need seems to revolve around safety in our schools. Earle does reference other uses... >> "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." I'd hate to see that monster pull up in front of my house!
Rob January 11, 2013 at 04:17 PM
If only one other town in the country owns one, they must deem it an unecessary expense. Why does GT feel they need to be the second. I agree with the others that this is an uneeded expense. There are many other areas that this money would be more useful than for a trophy that will sit in front of the township building.
Charles January 11, 2013 at 05:35 PM
But really, don't you guys want GT to be at the cutting edge of technology, the trend-setter for new and improved Police work? Oh yes, the County may have ONE such vehicle, but, with the changes in County Police Force, they'll need more. Why not let the dupes in GT subsidize the CPF under the cover of "good for the Township"? The Stupes and Dupes in the county WILL end up financing Camden's failures, as usual.
Nancy January 11, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Agree, township should worry about lowering taxes not keep spending and spending!!
Nancy January 11, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Good One!!!
mark January 11, 2013 at 09:31 PM
absolutly right, and you can probally get it donated
mark January 11, 2013 at 09:36 PM
i think i can only remember 2 shootings in gt that involved police, one was in the 80s i think at the old bank on BHP and church, and the most recent one at the station
Nancy January 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I agree, I work in the school system, money spent on the kids would be money better spent, like new desks, I think the kids use desks from the 1970's. The desks are all miss matched in all the class rooms. This vehicle is not going to stop someone from doing what happened at Sandy Hook, by time the police get there it will be already done. How about hiring Veterans (who need jobs) to protect our children at the schools. It would be money worth spending that would be protecting our children not a vehicle that respond after that fact!!!!
Darren Gladden January 12, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Relax we need to get a Battleship in Lake Ray First then the Bomber ...........
dan January 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM
it would look good in the christmas parade leading the team of golf carts the police department now has, can anyone tell me why we need the police golf carts?
Charles January 12, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Some ranks are in no condition to walk? They are more effective at patrolling parks and recreational areas than cars. They also seem less threatening in some situations. Now an armored vehicle...that's another story.
Angie Jones January 12, 2013 at 05:26 PM
If we have an extra $250k lying around maybe we can use it in our schools where it is actually needed. Somehow, with as much as we pay in taxes, our schools are still below nearby towns in almost every area of evaluation.
True Dat January 12, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Our Council doesn't move an issue to a Council meeting vote without it already being a done deal. As crazy as this purchase idea is, its gonna happen. What can we do to stop it?
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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