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Maui police get new armored vehicle

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:29 a.m. HST, Jul 03, 2013

The Maui County Police Department has acquired a Lenco “Bearcat” armored vehicle, county officials announced this week.

Maui officials said the Bearcat is a state-of-the-art armored vehicle that will provide the Maui Police Department's Special Response Team with armored protection and tactical capabilities during high-risk operations.

The Bearcat vehicles are also equipped with blast fragmentation-resistant floors, specially designed gunports, roof hatches with rotating turrets, gun-mount platforms, gear storage and much more, according to the Lenco website.

The Honolulu Police Department's specialized service division received a similar Bearcat armored vehicle in 2009.

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Bully wrote:
Looks like it totally unnecessary and a waste of money.
on July 3,2013 | 08:43AM
sknight wrote:
Base price $188,000 up to $300,000... I'm sure they'll put it to good use, seeing how many high-risk operations they have to deal with on Maui!!
on July 3,2013 | 08:57AM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
Hey...cmon now. Those seat belt and cell phone stops can get realllll ugly real fast. Seeing that all this PD is good for on Maui anyway! Heres an idea...try going after the crack heads that are breaking into vehicles as well as our homes then I might have a change of heart. Until then....nothing more than pencil pushers and the biggest one patrols Wailuku and you know exactly who you are too!!!!
on July 3,2013 | 01:49PM
eoe wrote:
To justify this completely unnecessary purchase, within the next year we can expect to see MPD finding all manner of flimsy excuses to trot this thing out, probably leading to unnecessary loss of life. You know ... lets end this siege by smashing this armored vehicle into a house...no need to negotiate if you have an armored vehicle. Oops,how could we predict the suspect would be crushed under a wall? And then of course when the citizenry protests, MPD can have them arrested, because as has been widely publicized holding a sign on a public sidewalk on Maui is now illegal. And since it is now illegal, therefore protesters are criminals, and since they are criminals and not complying, lets just run them over with our shiny new armored vehicle.
on July 3,2013 | 09:12AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Maui the crazy island. Who is running that place anyway? Aliens from another planet!
on July 3,2013 | 10:00AM
cojef wrote:
Die hard criminals on Maui will now have to face the ultimate weapon or kow-tow. Go get them! Zap you're out.
on July 3,2013 | 10:20AM
noheawilli wrote:
Please keep it off Lanai, actually why dont you get all Maui cops off Lanai, the Island can raise its own law enforcement....what do say Molokai? You with me?
on July 3,2013 | 10:35AM
entrkn wrote:
I want my money back
on July 3,2013 | 10:37AM
kiheilocal wrote:
What are they expecting to happen on Maui that we dont know about?
on July 3,2013 | 10:43AM
juscasting wrote:
I think they all went to opener of World War Z...LOL!
on July 3,2013 | 11:06AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Gee, how's about listing what the cost to Maui County taxpayers was for this overpriced toy? Inquiring minds would like to know.
on July 3,2013 | 11:06AM
paradisetax wrote:
Total waste of money so the boys can play with their toys. What are they thinking?
on July 3,2013 | 11:45AM
honomukeiki wrote:
Wow! What a total waste of TAXPAYER money! If they ever ran into a situation that required that kind of vehicle, the Hawaii ARNG could loan them a personnel carrier or a tank. Please tell me why I should be happy paying taxes for this kind of expenditure.
on July 3,2013 | 11:54AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Now if Oprah Winfrey or Stevie Tyler need a chaufeurred limousine they can go in style.
on July 3,2013 | 12:21PM
Sunny wrote:
Let the WAR begin!
on July 3,2013 | 01:09PM
McB0B wrote:
Whoever thinks this is a great idea needs his or her head examined. Can anyone explain why possessing the means to deal with a nonexistent threat could possibly be more important than addressing any number of existing ones? This thing will be sitting on flat tires collecting rust long before an actual need for it comes along, although I'm sure it will be an essential part of one or two warrant arrests until they tire of their new toy and start realizing how ridiculous it makes them look.
on July 3,2013 | 01:59PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Maui figures since Honolulu got one...they need one too......pretty soon Kauai and Big Island will want their own also....
on July 3,2013 | 10:04PM
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