MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford Police have a new SWAT vehicle that they say could withstand multiple hits from a 50-caliber, full metal jacket weapon.
The $260,000 Humvee-like truck built on a Ford F-550 chassis can provide protection for 10 officers, who can sight a gun through the revolving gun turret on the roof or gun portals in the doors or walls. The truck was paid for with savings from the Medford Police budget and they say it should last 25 years; it is expected to be used about 20 times a year.
“We don’t know when the call is going to come but when it does come and it requires something like this, then we need to be there and struggling with mechanical difficulties is not the level of service that we’d like to provide,” Medford Police Sgt. Ben Lytle
The first time the SWAT truck was used was last week during a standoff in Medford. It had been delivered earlier in the day and was sent out with a second SWAT vehicle in the early afternoon.