Berlin OKs Police Department's Application For $275K BearCat

Jan 6, 2015

Officials in Berlin voted Monday night to approve the police department’s application to purchase a $275,000 BearCat armored vehicle.

The vote by the city council came with some provisions, such as ensuring the vehicle won’t have gun ports or the ability to shoot tear gas.

City officials also created a five-person advisory council to establish regulations on how the vehicle should be used and reporting requirements on when it’s used in the field.

The purchase of such armored vehicles has been a controversial issue in several New Hampshire communities.

Lawmakers are expected to consider legislation in the upcoming session that would ban cities and towns from acquiring any military-style vehicles or equipment.