Letter: BearCat keeps protectors safe
I have become increasingly concerned by my hometown newspaper’s seemingly one-sided view of the Concord Police Department possibly receiving a BearCat. Though different opinions from the readership are printed, I want to see a bit more balance from within. I wonder if the press surrounding this vehicle is tainting the image of the Concord police.
What is a BearCat? Here’s the acronym: Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck. This vehicle would be obtained through a federal grant, and used to preserve life at no initial taxpayer expense. Preserving life, after all, is what law enforcement personnel are trained to do. In crisis situations the stakes are high. Unlike old Western movies, people don’t always come out with their hands up and a white flag in the air. A peaceful resolution is always the goal. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always turn out that way and other means need to be considered. Let’s keep in mind that public safety personnel are responders to a situation. Don’t we wish them to be safe? Do we give consideration to their families who pray they will come home at the end of the day?
Through proper training, and the availability of equipment designed to counter an attack, we increase our ability to help those in crisis, protect our protectors and, in doing so, to preserve life for all of us.
If only one life is saved, is it not worth it? What cost do you place on a life? I respect the opinions of those opposed to this, but if it is your life at stake do you really care what your savior is driving?