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Vt. State Police get armored vehicle as new tool

November 7, 2011

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BURLINGTON, Vt.—The Vermont State Police have a new armored vehicle they can call upon during dangerous situations.

State Police Commander Col. Thomas L'Esperance says the bullet-proof vehicle can be used to rescue injured or wounded persons without putting the lives of responding officers and others in jeopardy.

L'Esperance says it will also serve as a deterrent, in much the same way as when a police dog arrives. He says suspects will often rethink their positions.

The vehicle cost $255,000 with about $190,000 coming from Homeland Security grants. The rest came from assets that were forfeited by convicted drug dealers.

The state took delivery of the vehicle in early September.

The Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/t1oChA) says Vermont is the last of the New England states to obtain an armored vehicle.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com