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Concord police will pick up BearCat today

 The Concord Police Department submitted a federal grant application for a BearCat armored law enforcement vehicle, like this one being used in Nashville, Tenn.

The Concord Police Department submitted a federal grant application for a BearCat armored law enforcement vehicle, like this one being used in Nashville, Tenn.

A BearCat will finally arrive in Concord.

Acting police Chief Brad Osgood said two Concord officers are scheduled to pick up the $258,000 armored vehicle today. Paid for with a Department of Homeland Security grant, the BearCat can protect against weapons as powerful as military-grade, .50-caliber bullets. The manufacturer, Lenco of Pittsfield, Mass., had delayed its arrival earlier this year.

“We’ve been waiting for a while, and it’s finally going to arrive,” Osgood said. “And we’ll take it from here.”

The city council voted 11-4 in September to accept the grant money on behalf of the Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit. The 18 cities and towns in that group will own the vehicle together, pay for its ongoing maintenance and share it in emergency situations. As the largest member, Concord applied for the grant and will house the BearCat.

The BearCat has been a source of controversy since former police chief John Duval applied for the grant in 2012. The application listed the Free State Project, Occupy New Hampshire and Sovereign Citizens as challenges to law enforcement. Duval later apologized for his words, and the city amended the application.

Osgood said his department is working on a policy that will outline who would use the vehicle and when it would be brought on a call. But he said the BearCat could be taken out before that policy is completed.

“We started a draft, and I would hope to have hands on that and have an inspection of that policy by the end of the month. . . . It would most likely be used in a training before that,” he said.

Osgood said departments in Manchester and Keene, the New Hampshire State Police and the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit own similar armored vehicles.

“I just want to get it here and take a look at it,” Osgood said.

But it will usually be out of sight for the public, he said.

“It’s going to be secured in the garage,” Osgood said. “It’s not going to be sitting in the open parking lot.”

In the Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit, the BearCat will replace a 30-year-old U.S. Air Force surplus Peacekeeper armored vehicle that officials have said is no longer reliable. Osgood said it has been used on at least one operation in Concord within the past year.

“We did an early morning warrant service at a house, at a suspected drug dealing house (in Concord), and they used the old Peacekeeper for that,” Osgood said.

This vehicle could last another 30 years, he said.

“This could be around for a long time,” he said.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

I FEEL SO SAFE NOW. The "Free State", "Tea Part" zombies are in deeeep trouble. Meanwhile John Duval is working on a grant for a Bearcat for Concord Hospital.

Just what we need: the police becoming more militarized. There are good cops out there but many of us have had bad experiences with more than one in uniform. This type of equipment in the hands of 'local' law enforcement brings to mind Waco, Texas. There is absolutely no reason that law enforcement local or state needs to have this much power.

Whew, that was close! Got here just in time to serve as Pace Car next weekend at Loudon.

I dunno, will they have time to mount the 20mmm cannon on the roof? Might have to go with a puny .50 cal. in the meantime.

.50 calibers should be good enough to cover the first 25 rows of drun...er, fans.

The Police do not need this vehicle. It's just BS. If things are that bad, bring in actually trained military. It just feeds the ego of the police state government has been creating over the past 15 years.

Let's not whitewash what John Duval wrote in that grant. He said the three groups represent a "real and daily threat to the lives and property of the citizens of Concord". This was a political lie. He should have gone on trial for filing a false official statement in a fraudulent effort to obtain federal funding.

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