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sheriflevettSheriff Eric J. Levett

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Mission is to reduce crime, safely house inmates, bring offenders to justice, and perform the mandated services of the Office of Sheriff with the highest level of safetyprofessionalism and integrity.

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Vision is to make the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office the leader in personnel safety, quality personnel, equipment, technology, training, professionalism, integrity, and transparency.

RCSO Takes Delivery of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Vehicle

On August 13, 2014, Sheriff Eric J. Levett and members of the RCSO SWAT team took delivery of the new BearCat armored vehicle from Lenco Industries, Inc. in Pittsfield, MA. The BearCat, which was built specifically for the RCSO, took approximately 6 months to build, equip, and outfit. The BearCat has spent its first few days in Rockdale County getting a few remaining things completed at Rockdale County Fleet Services and is now ready for the SWAT team to utilize in a response capacity. The BearCat is an armored incident response and rescue vehicle used by law enforcement agencies to do their jobs responding to dangerous situations where high powered weapons are involved. The BearCat protects law enforcement SWAT teams and allows them to approach potentially deadly situations under the cover of an armored, mobile vehicle. The BearCat has been used to rescue wounded personnel and to evacuate citizens from life-threatening situations, such as barricaded suspects and active shooter scenarios.

The BearCat will be utilized by the RCSO SWAT team and is replacing a 1989 Dodge van that was previously used as a SWAT Vehicle. The BearCat is equipped with the newest technology and equipment. Four members of the SWAT team, along with two SWAT team members from the Conyers Police Department, were provided hands-on training by Lenco trainers on the capabilities and uses of the BearCat at its facility in Pittsfield, MA. To receive the training, Sheriff Levett extended an invitation to Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson to send CPD SWAT team members to the initial training. “This is a crucial piece of equipment and I want to ensure that the CPD has access to it should the need arise,” said Sheriff Levett. “This is about cooperation at all levels of law enforcement, and the city will have access to the BearCat when needed.”

The funding for the BearCat was approved by the Board of Commissioners in December 2013 in response to a request from Sheriff Levett to replace an aging 1989 Dodge van that had been used by the SWAT team for years. While several concerned citizens pushed for the RCSO to look at free military surplus vehicles, such as the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, Sheriff Levett decided that the 14-ton military armored fighting vehicle MRAP used by armed forces, designed to withstand improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes, was not appropriate for Rockdale County streets. “Vehicles such as the MRAP were designed for war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, not for use on county roads or against the citizens of Rockdale County,” said Sheriff Levett. “I personally looked at an MRAP and compared it to the BearCat. The MRAP is about 3 times the size of the BearCat and is truly a beast. While the SWAT team needs the added protection because of the high risk situations to which they respond, I did not want a military MRAP out here in the community.”

The new Lenco BearCat is equipped with run-flat tires, bullet resistant glass, and a ballistic resistant exterior layer that is designed to protect SWAT team members from gunfire. The BearCat is nearly 9 feet tall, 21 feet long and 8 feet wide, and sits atop a Ford F-550 chassis, which is designed specifically for civilian law enforcement use. The BearCat is expected to last between 15 and 20 years. It’s under warranty for the first three years, and general maintenance can be performed by Rockdale County Fleet Services or at a local Ford dealership.

“I want to thank the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners for their continued support in making sure the men and women of the RCSO have the proper equipment to keep them safe,” said Sheriff Levett. “The SWAT team is a very important part of the RCSO, and being able to give them better equipment to keep them safe is a top priority of mine.”

Pictured (L-R): Sheriff Eric J. Levett; CPD Officer Chase Bagwell, Deputy Mason West, Deputy Rene Shirley, Sgt. Jeremy Mote, Sgt. Jake Coggins, CPD Sgt. Greg Carson, and RCSO Chief Deputy Scott Freeman. (5 photos)
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