The Bearcat

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Updated: 1/30 6:43 pm
 Southeast Idaho Sheriffs debuted its new and improved two hundred and forty thousand dollar armored vehicle they call the Bearcat.  Sheriff Nielsen says it will make suspects think twice when they create a threatening situation.

"Can you imagine yourself going down to Franklin or Oneida county and you know that they have ten officers for their whole, and so you feel that you might be a little bit safe and then instead of thinking I can take these guys on, seeing this pull up along with 30 officers from around the Southeastern Idaho to be able to mitigate that situation."

Some of the features that this Bearcat has, is it has bullet proof windows, two cameras and two monitors on the inside, and it can get up close to armed and dangerous situations.

"The camera is a vitally important unit for us.  It records the critical incidents which helps in any re-creation of the incident afterwards.  It also gives us the ability when we go out on search and rescue missions and those kinds of things to be able to record and take care of those incidents and see what's happening."

"This can also go freeway speeds and it can also go in most of the mountain terrains that we have here."

Nielsen says this armored vehicle has some advantages over the previous one they had.

"The old ehicle number one was an old an old army personal carrier.  It had ballistics but it did not have ballistics for most of the weapons."

Nielsen says the Bearcat will be utilized by seven counties and was custom made just for law enforcement and they feel very confident in what the vehicle will do for them.

"Let's just say that we feel very safe in this of what it can do both defensively and offensively."

Sheriff Nielsen says the Bearcat is totally paid off with the support of the community, tax payer funds, and raffle tickets.

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