Huntington Police Department receives grant for armored vehicle

Huntington Police Department receives grant for armored vehicle

HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington Police Department has been awarded a state grant to purchase an armored counter attack and rescue vehicle.

The LENCO Bearcat will be used by the Police Department’s SWAT team in a variety of missions. The Bearcat can carry up to 10 people and will be used during high-risk warrant service operations where there is a potential for violence or resistance; situations involving mass casualties; and incidents involving hostage-rescue operations.

The $266,000 grant was awarded by the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. The total cost of the vehicle is $279,130, leaving the Police Department to cover the remaining $13,130. Huntington City Council will vote on a resolution authorizing acceptance of the grant during its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24.

“This is another example of the Huntington Police Department identifying outside funding to help achieve its mission of keeping our citizens safe without placing an obligation on our general fund,” Mayor Steve Williams said.

Since 2009, the Police Department has supplemented its operation with nearly $6.5 million from grant proceeds and other sources of outside funding. That funding has helped purchase 46 vehicles, service weapons, laptop computers, digital radios, bulletproof vests and surveillance cameras.

 

For more information, contact PFC Rodney Pell at 304-696-5510.

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