SWAT One vehicle on display in Media

Posted: May 29, 2014

MEDIA Delaware County on Wednesday will unveil the latest addition in its fight against crime, SWAT One.

The black 2014 Lenco "BearCat" ballistic-engineered armored response vehicle will be displayed beginning at 1 p.m. at Rose Tree Media Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media.

The county's SWAT team will show off the new vehicle's capabilities and special features. The state-of-the-art armored car can carry 10 people and withstand a hit from a 50 caliber projectile. It has night-vision optics and a battering ram, said Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.

It will be used for high-risk situations such as dealing with an active shooter or barricaded subjects, Harris said.

The armored car will be housed in Haverford Township and available for use by the municipalities.

There are six regional SWAT teams, all under the auspices of Delaware County SWAT, Harris said.

SWAT One was purchased with a Homeland Security grant under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Area Security Initiative program.

- Mari A. Schaefer

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