Huntersville police department buys BearCat armored vehicle

A BearCat armored vehicle
A BearCat armored vehicle

Huntersville police have a new armored vehicle: The BearCat.

The armor-plated truck will replace the Huntersville Police Department’s current armored vehicle, a 1991 model Brinks armored truck that the department says is rusting and outdated.

HPD officials said they’re paying $30,000 for the BearCat, which they are purchasing used, and they will spend up to $15,000 on maintenance and upfits. A new BearCat, which is built on a Ford F-550 commercial truck chassis, can cost up to $300,000, and a used one can cost up to $185,000, officials said. HPD said they saved money by negotiating the purchase directly from another law enforcement agency instead of a dealer.

“At the end of the day, we got a $165,000 armored rescue vehicle for less than $50,000,” said HPD Chief Cleveland Spruill, in a statement.

The department plans to use the BearCat in situations such as standoffs with armed suspects.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo