Alaska State Troopers recently purchased three military-style armed vehicles called BearCats.
The vehicles, built by Lenco Armored Vehicles of Pittsfield, Mass., are going to be stationed around the state with one in Soldotna, one in Fairbanks, and one in Palmer.
We spoke to State Trooper Capitan Andy Greenstreet with the local trooper post, about how the BearCat will be used on the Kenai Peninsula..
Capt. Greenstreet: “Well, it will be used primarily by our S.E.R.T. [Special Emergency Response] team; it will be utilized to respond to situations that dictate an elevated response to ensure officer safety and safety to citizens. It allows get in a little closer to where the incident may be occurring, while still being able to maintain a degree of safety.”
State Troopers chose the BearCat because the $286,000 armored truck can safely get personnel into and rescue people out of dangerous situations.