BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Local law enforcement officers are utilizing a brand new vehicle to help keep our community and themselves safe.
Senator Fred Akshar and Mayor Rich David joined police agencies Tuesday morning to unveil an armored rescue vehicle.
The new Metro SWAT vehicle is meant to be deployed in situations such as hostage standoffs and can act as a rescue vehicle during weather emergencies.
“It’s a great vehicle, it’s a rescue vehicle, and it’s got other capabilities if they should be needed so it’s a great tool to protect both the citizens of Broome County and the Senator’s district, but also the residents of Binghamton,” Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said.
The Metro SWAT team is made up of officers from the Binghamton, Vestal and Johnson City police departments.
The vehicle was purchased using a $275,000 grant secured by Senator Akshar.
The Metro SWAT Team is made up of officers from police agencies in Binghamton, Town of Vestal and Village of Johnson City. The Metro SWAT Team covers a response area of more than 70 miles. pic.twitter.com/PKhxCwVz3L
— Mayor Rich David (@MayorRichDavid) July 9, 2019