The Price of Protection: ND’s Armored “BearCats”
Steel armor. Bullet proof glass. Police sirens. There was a time when military style vehicles were used during combat, but times have changed. Armored vehicles have made way to your backyard, used by these trained officers known as the Red River Valley Swat Team.
“In order to do our job safely, we need vehicles to protect us,” says Lt.. Ross Renner with the Red River Valley Swat Team. It’s been about 3 years since this vehicle known as the Bearcat has called Fargo home. “It has no weapons attached to it but it can transport people to an environment that can be considered safe from gunfire,” says Lt.. Renner. “But it does come with a pretty lofty price tag?” “It’s a $250,000 vehicle that we received from a grant with the homeland security,” says Lt.. Renner. But this is just one of the four in the state for a combined million dollar price tag.
“Was it really a necessity to pay $250,00 for a vehicle?” “Certainly. My question to you would be if your son or daughter was an officer and they were approaching someone with a rifle, don’t we owe it to them to be protected,” says Lt.. Renner.
And sure with these bullet proof doors and turret, the bear cat will protect. But in the past year alone, it’s spent a majority of the time here in this garage in North Fargo.