CEDAR RAPIDS — The Linn County Sheriff’s Office wants to be sure it’s ready should an active shooter situation happen here.
That’s why the sheriff’s office recently bought a Bearcat armored, tactical response vehicle for its Immediate Response Unit. The vehicle cost $297,061, which was paid for using money the sheriff’s office has seized in connection with illegal activities.
The vehicle is a diesel-powered, 4-wheel drive, 10-passenger, armored rescue vehicle. It was built to provide blast and ballistic protection that can withstand a round from a .50-caliber Browning machine gun. However, unlike military armored vehicles, the Bearcat is not equipped with weaponry.