La Crosse County, Wi., has a new weapon in the war on crime and terror, reports the La Crosse Tribune. The sheriff’s department recently took delivery of a $180,000 BearCat armored truck, purchased with a federal homeland security grant. “It has the capability to rescue people in hazardous situations involving firearms or other weapons,” said Capt. Mike Horstman. Several county board members are unhappy nobody asked their permission or even told them beforehand.
Horstman said the department was alerted last year by the Department of Home-land Security that the county qualified for a grant to buy an armored truck. All it had to do was apply. “We spend $180,000 for a vehicle that’s kept in a secret garage,” said Supervisor Vicki Burke, who chairs the Judiciary and Law Committee. “Even I haven’t seen it.” Burke is unhappy that at the same time the federal government gave out $180,000 for an armored truck, it is cutting money to fight meth and for cops on the street. “We’re going to have to cut patrols and staffing,” Burke said. “Those two are bigger threats to the general public.”