New Armored Vehicle for JPD anticipated to arrive in summer of 2023

    A Lenco BearCat G3 used by Nashville Metro Police Department in Tennessee. (Photo courtesy Lenco Armored Vehicles)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Armored Vehicle for Juneau Police could come next year, according to Juneau Police Chief Ed Mercer.

    The armored vehicle is being paid for by a $300,000 grant the department was awarded.

    "It takes a while. We got approval to move forward with it," Mercer said. "We're working with the vendor. It takes up to almost a year to get it, so we're anticipating by May of next year of getting our armored vehicle. So it's well in the works that's being worked on. We'll be getting it we'll probably be sending our personnel down there because they're gonna have to do a little bit of training to know how to operate that equipment, and then we will deploy it for our specialty units such as the SWAT team or EOD so that we could use it in different types of events."

    Mercer explained how the vehicle would - and would not - be used by the department.

    "It's not going to be a vehicle that you're going to see just out there on general patrol it's going to be used for specialty circumstances, SWAT call outs, barricaded subjects. Some sort of mass emergency that may happen in Juneau where we knew that piece of equipment. We have a mobile incident response vehicle also. You've probably seen it around you now it looks like a big RV. We used it for Memorial detail, we use it for Fourth of July. We'll use it for specialty events. You're not going to see this vehicle that's out there driving around and responding to calls unless it's some sort of criteria that meets a certain level that we deploy that piece of equipment."

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