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Force is with Cops, Macomb County Michigan

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If you click on the link at the bottom, you'll be able to see a picture of it. RR is blocking pictures from the Wasteland.

Force is with cops

Built in New Haven, armored rig seats 12, costs $542,000

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]By Norb Franz[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Macomb Daily Staff Writer[/FONT]

Macomb County first responders soon will have an armored personnel carrier to help them deal with barricaded gunmen, chemical attacks, natural disasters and other emergencies.


To some criminals, the 33,000-pound vehicle that seats up to 12 may appear imposing: a battering ram on the front, 24 feet long, 8 1/2 feet tall, flat black paint with no decals and 10 weapon ports, all sitting on six wheels.

Built by General Purpose Vehicles in New Haven, the company's Sergeant 4X4 model was delivered to the Warren Police Department this week.

As part of a mutual aid agreement, the all-purpose rig will be made available to area police and fire departments once they are trained in its operation.

With a price tag of $542,000, it is one of three Sergeant 4X4s funded by a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Urban Area Security Initiative. The other two will be housed by the city of Southfield and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.

With a steel hull comparable to military armor plating, the vehicle can be a useful tool to first responders in situations such as:
Firefighting, enabling personnel to transport heavy equipment to remote or isolated areas, including so-called "hot zones."

Hazard material incidents, providing protection from 59 chemical contaminants.
Crowd control and riots, to protect officers entering violent scenes.

Search and rescue, with four-wheel drive and 360-degree thermal imaging cameras.
"This gives our police the capability of handling just about every emergency situation," Warren Mayor James Fouts said.
The grant request was written by Warren police Lt. Darcy Leutzinger on behalf of the Southeast Michigan Homeland Security Consortium.

The eye-catching rig grabbed the attention of several officers, some of whom snapped pictures with cell phones.

It's one of only a few armored law enforcement vehicles in Macomb County. The Macomb County Sheriff's Office acquired a vehicle equipped with a battering ram in 1984, and a M1 tank from the U.S. Army TACOM complex in Warren in 2004.

"Every time the SWAT team is deployed, they take all their vehicles," Sheriff's Capt. Anthony Wickersham said.

That included six incidents last year, seven emergencies in 2006 and eight in 2005, he said.



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Nice looking rig, Is there a need for it in the county? Just seems to me that one of these type vehicles would better serve a area that has a lot of calls, or would be better suited for a regional thing. Hefty price tag, but nice in this day and age........Hoser
 

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hoser147 said:
Nice looking rig, Is there a need for it in the county? Just seems to me that one of these type vehicles would better serve a area that has a lot of calls, or would be better suited for a regional thing. Hefty price tag, but nice in this day and age........Hoser
Well they already had two armored vehicles, one real old, and a newer one to replace it. But they are much smaller. The new one is an actual troop carrier to get up to 12 officers to a sight safely.

Macomb County Michigan is very large! We have almost 900,000 people, in 28 cities! Macomb County goes South, all the way to the infamous Detroit, Wayne County border, 8 Mile Road. We also have many miles of shore line. You can find more into regarding Macomb County here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macomb_County,_Michigan

With the overall economy in the U.S., and especially in Michigan, along with record high unemployment, I'd say they're taking wise steps to prepare for increased criminal activity. What's happening nation wide, started in Michigan about four years ago. Our neighboring Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan is in a serious state of unrest! Unemployment in Michigan is, and has been, at an all time high. There is no end in sight. It's local government is corrupt, and Detroit's Mayor has recently been charged with 8 counts of Federal charges. His assistant has been charged with 4 counts.

I hate to even suggest it, but I'd say S.E. Michigan is under greater threat of local rioting, rather than any terrorist activity this summer!
 

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It always was under threat of rioting. Just check them out any time one of their sports teams either wins or loses. ;) So this thing is probably a good investment...
 
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