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Bearcat emergency response vehicle pic: perthnow.com.au
WA's Police Force has taken delivery of a second state-of-the-art armoured rescue vehicle for use in emergency situations.
The Bearcat (Ballistic Engineered Armoured Response Counter Attack Truck) is a multi-purpose rescue vehicle that will be used by the force's Tactical Response Group (TRG).
Police Minister Liza Harvey said the armoured rescue vehicle would increase the force's capacity to respond to hostile and armed offender incidents.
Mrs Harvey said the delivery of the second Bearcat was in line with the State Government’s drive to ensure WA Police were provided with the most modern equipment possible.
“This is the second armoured rescue vehicle, and It will assist with the recovery and protection of civilians during terrorist threats, hostage incidents or encounters with armed offenders.
“It’s an important and significant police asset and is another step towards making WA Police one of the most modern policing jurisdictions in Australia," she said.
The minister added that by making WA Police one of the most modern forces, she hoped that in turn it would help to attract the best possible people to join the force.
She said the Bearcat would complement other hi-tech equipment provided to the police by the State Government.
The list of supplied equipment includes 48 advanced traffic management vehicles costing nearly $4m and a hi-tech helicopter costing $20m.
“In addition, we provided $1.3m for two high-capacity police transport vehicles designed to assist in the management of out-of-control parties," the Minister said.
Mrs Harvey said the TRG had been using the first Bearcat in a variety of situations since 2007 when it was purchased by the State Government.
This second vehicle was purchased by the Federal Government through the Australia-New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee.