Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office unveils new armored vehicle
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Forfeited assets saved taxpayers from having to pick up the tab for the newest addition to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office fleet.
On Friday morning, the sheriff’s office showed off the Lenco Bearcat, an armored vehicle that is replacing the 9-year-old Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.
This vehicle is smaller, more maneuverable and cheaper to maintain, while keeping the same ballistic and personnel capacity, according to Sheriff Terry Wagner.
“Not a dime of taxpayer dollars went to buy this,” he said. “Forfeited assets were used to purchase this vehicle, and we just got it about a month ago. If we save one deputy sheriff’s life, one state trooper’s life, one Lincoln Police officer’s life, I don’t care about the criticism. It’s well worth the expense.”
This tactical vehicle will be used to get officers closer to potentially armed suspects but can also be used as a rescue vehicle during floods and other disasters.