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Authorities Cancel Order for Armored Truck

The following statement about plans for an armored vehicle to be shared by local police agencies was released Thursday by the University of California, in the wake of criticism about the acquisition.

The following statement about plans for an by three local police agencies was released Thursday by the University of California, and officials from Berkeley and Albany, in the wake criticism about the acquisition.

Let us know in the comments if you agree with the decision.

The statement below regarding plans for the joint acquisition of an armored emergency rescue vehicle was issued today (Thursday, July 5th) by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, in coordination with the mayors of  Berkeley and Albany.

The University of California Police Department, in collaboration with the Berkeley and Albany city police departments, recently pursued a grant for an armored emergency rescue vehicle. Law enforcement’s interest in obtaining a vehicle that would protect officers during situations involving oncoming gunfire (or to rescue victims during such situations) – such as occurred at Oikos University in Oakland a few months ago -- is understandable.

However, the planned acquisition of the vehicle recently came to the attention of campus and city officials. Campus administrators evaluated the proposal and concluded that such a military-style vehicle is not the best choice for a university setting. UC Berkeley officials are in the process of canceling the order for the vehicle.  Officials in Berkeley and Albany agree with the University’s decision.

Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley
Farid Javandel, Mayor of Albany

Pennie Opal Plant July 08, 2012 at 12:36 AM
MYC - Hysterical....thanks for that!
Tatter Salad July 09, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I think it's a GREAT IDEA, only if it has inside a steam table, fridge, and microwave... you know... so they can sell burittos to help pay for the damn thing!
DS July 09, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Who in the police department thought this would be a good idea?
Alan Eckert July 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Anyone else see that Reno 911 episode where they buy the Hummer? That's about what I would expect with this vehicle, too.
tyranny response team July 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM
citizens don't need theese to protect themselves from corperate law enfocernmen. the internet and cameras are more peaceful.

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