Troy police given armored personnel carrier

Published: May. 27, 2014 at 11:20 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM CDT
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TROY, AL (WSFA) - The city of Troy's SWAT team has a brand new tool in its arsenal to help them react to emergency situations, and it's the only one in the area. Tuesday, SWAT members demonstrated their new capabilities.

The Troy PD is excited about its new piece of gear saying the department has wanted one for years. Now, thanks to a program with the Department of Homeland Security, they have one. And they say they're willing to share.

The new tool that could help the department in various situations is an armored personnel carrier.

Officials say it's an asset they believe will give them ways of reacting to various kinds of situations in ways they could not before.

"It gives us capability, if we ever have an incidence, where we have an active shooter or officers down and in need of rescue or even citizens down for that matter," said Lt. Bryan Weed, "that we have the capability of going in and help getting them to a safe area."

The Troy SWAT team's armored personnel carrier is the only one in Pike County, but Lt. Weed says they will share their new tool with other police agencies in the area.

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