Burbank sells armored Peacekeeper vehicle for $1
South Pasadena, which plans to beef up its SWAT training and capabilities, took delivery of the armored vehicle last week.
Burbank originally received the Peacekeeper as surplus from the U.S. Air Force, but obtained a new BearCat SWAT vehicle in February 2009 through a $275,000 Department of Homeland Security grant, Burbank Police Lt. John Dilbert told the Burbank Leader.
The Peacekeeper is primarily used for rescues and creates a barrier between a potential shooter and a resident or police officer, Dilbert said.
The Peacekeeper saw no action during its Burbank years, except during SWAT exercises.
A city staff report stated that the South Pasadena Police Department would benefit from having the Peacekeeper in the event of a complex shooting incident or standoff situation, such as the North Hollywood bank robbery shooting in 1997 or the gunman's rampage at a Seal Beach hair salon last year.
"Local law enforcement [agencies are] having to rely more and more on their own resources for tactical operations," South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Payne said.
The City Council approved the purchase Jan. 18.
In the past, South Pasadena has relied on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for SWAT assistance. Payne said he'd prefer that his own 35-officer agency have control.
-- Adolfo Flores, Times Community News
Photo: The city of Burbank has sold an armored vehicle to the city of South Pasadena for $1. Credit: Tim Berger / Times Community News