SATURDAY: Meet the Concord Police’s New $380,000 Armored SWAT Vehicle

June 29, 2012 14:33 pm · 151 comments

The Concord Police’s new armored vehicle, which is said to be worth about $380,000, will be making its debut at the Salvation Army Community Partners Fair on Saturday June 30th from 10am-3pm at the Salvation Army Church on Clayton Road.

The military’s excess equipment program enabled the city to obtain its own 8½-ton bulletproof tactical vehicle, among other discarded equipment, according to an article in

According to the article, the vehicle was donated to CPD.

It is unknown how many miles per gallon it gets.

Click on the photo for a much larger view of the new vehicle.

photo credit: Concord Police Department

101 @Fred P. June 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM
102 King Cobra 40 Oz. June 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Can I sign up for the “Ride Along” Program?

103 Gavel Man June 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I think its a good tool to have. If used in other cities maybe they can be billed for it. Can you use it to fight fires? Maybe it can to replace the closing stations in Claycord. Good luck CPD stay safe. As for the fire fighters, stay safe with what little you have. Our cities and county for that matter are really going downhill.

104 ILikeIt June 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM

If the CPD spent $15,000 to restore this vehicle and it is used one time to save the life of an innocent citizen or of a police officer, then I think Concord got its moneys worth. These vehicles are often used as shields, and as a safe means to move not-involved people out of a hazardous area (such as a gun shooter nearby).

I think it is better to have this tool, than to have to go begging for one when it is needed.

In this age, too many people have high powered weaponry and are not good citizens, thus making such a vehicle worthwhile. There is nothing to stop people with hostile intents from driving into Concord and causing great harm to people here.

105 g0tgot June 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM

this is rediculous… concord PD selling drugs on the street , now they are getting a free armored vehicle>? GREAT! its just going to sit there for show,…. they dont have the crime density here to use it. Now if this was north richmond, this would be a different story. go park that think on gertrude in north rich , right by the park…

106 anom June 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Militarizing the police is going on all over the country….We are in a police state its not hard to tell and if you cant you are blind as a bat…..Concord PD does not need this. Whats wrong with the one they already have? Someone said that its not from the US miltary but from the UN …..really??? thats even worse the UN is the blue print for a one world government and cares nothing about countries sovereignty……the stage for violence has been set in this country and the DHS is well prepared….dont be suprised when you are considered an enemy combatant…..

107 Jay R June 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

They referred to claycord as a conservative blog. Most of the comments are about the cost (it was DONATED!) and some are just complaining & whining for whatever reason (typical). We see people with reading and comprehension problems here… No surprise there :)

It’s better to have one armored vehicle readily available when needed than nothing at all. If we don’t get it, some other cities will.

108 @Gavel Man June 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

When law enforcement help each other out it is called mutual aid. And it is necessary and there is policy for every agency about it. But it does not work by charging other agencies like you want. Concord doesn’t get charged when they get air support from the sheriffs office, EBRParks or CHP. Nor do they get charged when the sheriff’s SWAT team comes to their aid, or when they cell for another agencies K9 to help them out. They all have it all figured out and it works ….but thanks anyway!

109 Mr. Snoggrass June 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Maybe CPD SWAT will finally be able to take down those Crysal Ranch Crips!

110 Dick Whitman June 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM

What’s wrong with you people? I can’t believe some of you Whiney illiterate Tin foil hat wearing posters are my neighbors.


111 Amy June 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

I don’t believe this.

112 Shiloh June 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM

I think it’s obvious that they have decided to show it off at the salvation army event because it will get more people to the event which will probably increase the amount of money raised to help poor people. Why not bring it to the event? Makes sense to me.

113 antioch June 30, 2012 at 1:15 AM

lmao @ i.e.ds in concord. whats next a tank

114 Basel June 30, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Well, this ground unit is probably more practical for everyday use than the military surplus helicopter CPD picked up in the mid-90’s. The conversion for civilian use along with it’s maintenance went into six figures and it never left the hanger. The city council wasn’t too happy with the PD over the acquisition.

115 fascinating June 30, 2012 at 3:15 AM

“A group of Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and a retired police sergeant have filed a racketeering complaint against the NHP and Las Vegas Metro Police in U.S. District Court.

The complaint alleges that after then-Gov. Jim Gibbons approved a K-9 program to target drug runners on Nevada’s highways, Nevada Highway Patrol Commander Chris Perry intentionally undermined the program.

The complaint alleges that the drug-sniffing dogs used by troopers in the program were intentionally being trained to operate as so-called trick ponies, or dogs that provide officers false alerts for the presence of drugs.

The dogs were being trained to alert their handlers by cues, instead of by picking up a drug’s scent by sniffing, the complaint said. When a dog gives a false alert, this resulted in illegal searches and seizures, including money and property, the complaint said.

The 103-page complaint alleges that Perry, along with others, used the K-9s to undermine the program to systematically conduct illegal searches and seizures for financial benefit.

The complaint also alleges the defendants, which also includes the state’s Public Safety Department and individuals in NHP and Metro, were involved in a Federal RICO conspiracy, also known as the Federal Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act.”

116 real claycord citizen June 30, 2012 at 6:07 AM

good we have it…. going to keep my eye out for it at dui checkpoints making sure we dont have suspended licences…. question…. honest question???? why with 380K do we get a tank when homes are still burglarized 19-28 times a week/ geese could have paid for two more officers to make concord safer… but we get a offenceive vehical that might maybe see action twice or less a year? wow talk about militarizing out civil police force and just to add the lack of training to use it…. so back to “concord needs good cops not public car show art we may never need… but hey the reports say we need it due to lack of man power on the streets… go sell it and spend many on the people and not the size of the new toys that do not help the residents what so ever… shame…. people of claycord first Gucci gear last….

117 real claycord citizen June 30, 2012 at 6:18 AM

yes I facebooked the article and post to see what the true feeling about this really is. sorry my comments get booted a lot so lets see where the truth goes…. gotta love screenshots…. grammer nazies have at it lol

118 Kathy June 30, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Men and their toys – Does CPD actually need this piece of equipment?

119 Atticus Thraxx June 30, 2012 at 6:45 AM

“These vehicles are often used as shields, and as a safe means to move not-involved people out of a hazardous area (such as a gun shooter nearby).”
Wrong.You’d need armor skirting if used for recovery. It’s an offensive weapon by design, equipment and intent. Besides, there’s no such thing as bulletproof. Your just using the wrong bullets.

120 ILikeIt June 30, 2012 at 7:53 AM

If you come to the Salvation Army event, you can ask the officers there what they think it will be used for. And what value they see in it. You can also express your opinions. A little communication could really help out here.

You’ll probably also see other really cool stuff too!

121 Love living in Pittsburg June 30, 2012 at 7:56 AM

@Ronald Reagan

I have lived in Pittsburg since 1978 and never had a problem, I have freinds that live in Concord and theirs cars have been stolen, houses broken into etc. All of the tweakers come from Concord and Antioch. Tweakers are the worst criminals out there.

122 Connie Dobbs June 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

#96 Says this vehicle will seat to 8-10 people.
Somebody’s kid’s going to prom in that thing. Watch.

123 RanchgirlCA June 30, 2012 at 10:21 AM

yvhs88 & keninconcord – I like how you think.

Folks we already paid for that vehicle with our tax dollars, now some of what we paid for comes back to us. Someone’s got to use it, may as well be us. You never know.

124 Shiloh June 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

@realclaycordcitizen, hopefully your Facebook friends take the time to read the article. You obviously didn’t.

125 Kirkwood June 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM RE: CPD helicopter.
Although CPD doesn’t have a helicopter now, they DID during the 80’s but it never got off the ground as a civilian aircraft. Military aircraft are not built to FAA requirements and must be modified for civilian use, which in Concord’s case never happened before the program was cancelled. A police officer had become a helicopter pilot as a hobby and convinced PD brass that a heli could be self supporting as it could also serve surrounding communities. This officer would of course become the pilot.

126 Kirkwood June 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

CPD has always had an armored transport vehicle, only a few of the general public knew of it. In today’s world, eyes and ears are everywhere as is communication like

127 Terry Kremin June 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Interesting – so many posts elsewhere about how crime is rampant, and the gangs are taking over, then here when we get something to deal with that, everyone wants to switch it around that we are a perfectly safe city with no crime and no gangs, and no need for this. We certainly have some gang issues, but the PD is doing a good job keeping the gangs from building a bigger/stronger presence here. This should help.

I think this is just like insurance – Hope you never need to use it, but if you ever do need it, you better have it already. Great acquisition for the PD, and great way of getting resources without just buying stuff outright.

Kudos to the PD for being resourceful instead of just demanding the city cough up money for it.

128 Terry Kremin June 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

And that door bell ringer on front will be great for serving search warrants!

129 New Chiefs Car June 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Here is why CPD needs a friggin Tank!

Concord PD Chief cuts the SRO Program and the Officers out of its budget. Look at the ten year budget plan the three officers disappeared aka got permanently cut.The Chief lied telling the Council and the public that the officer positions would be moved to patrol officer positions to keep public safety in tact.He also lied to his department, telling them that the SRO program was the most important program they had.

The Chief is negotiating for a raise in his salary at the same time he is cutting three cops.Keeping it on the down low so he doesn’t look like the hypocrite that he is. O yes and remember he is collecting a fat pension from San Diego while he works for us here in Concord,he needs the money!

The Chief has two Equal Employment Opportunity cases pending in his department which will bring future lawsuits.Better get that 50 CAL for the top hole Chief.

The tank will be used by the Chief, he is going to need it when the community, council, EOC, and his cops figure out what he has done.

That’s the story Mayor. Sometimes a tank is not just a tank!

130 Peter June 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Great! When Clayton attacks we’ll be ready. I mean, common guys. Give me a break. Whether Concord bought it with its own money or got a grant from the Feds, the bottom line is that our taxes paid for it.

131 Cowellian June 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I thought this was a police vehicle. What do common guys have to do with it?

132 Antler June 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

“Purdy! Purdy flower!”

133 skippy June 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Looks like your average SUV in Claycord. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a mom taking her kids to Newhall Park in it.

134 Googlar June 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Cops get military grade equipment and civilians get the bullet button taken away.

135 Kevin June 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM

What a predictable reaction, but it’s kind of your own fault, Mayor, for writing the “worth” of the vehicle in the headline, as though that were the story. Naturally, the less thoughtful on this forum were bound to interpret “worth” as cost.

136 TinFoiler June 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Oh come on Y’all, This is helping America! Jobs, jobs, jobs!
Unfortunately it’s jobs revolving around kill, kill, kill.

137 STFU June 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

“Naturally, the less thoughtful on this forum were bound to interpret “worth” as cost.”
Want some vinegar with that water, putz?

138 anon June 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Looks like a up-armored Hummer3
Some civilian contractor made out great

139 anon June 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Type Unarmored: Light Utility Vehicle,
Armored: Light Armored Car
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1984 – present
Production history
Manufacturer AM General
Unit cost Unarmored: $65,000
Armored: $140,000 [1]
Produced 1984 – present

Above is a Humvee that is used in the war
Now tell me this CPD ride cost $380,000
I dare you to comment on that

140 Rob June 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I think any thought that this vehicle is needed in Concord tells us something of where city leaders think Concord is headed.

141 Palermo June 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I could use one of those for when I go home to Detroit …

142 wake up June 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM

This is for us.
they are taking the country apart and the patriots will stand up, while you sleep.
So sad

143 Bill G. July 1, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Well, it can’t be a true “Police State” without arming the Police with Military equipment..!! Seriously, they need this to keep up with the criminals armored assault vehicles!! Our cops deserve only the best urban assault equipment available to any Third World Dictator!!

144 justniel July 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

holy noodle lets waste more money concord doesn’t have, crime is at its worst and concord buys this. WOW. in the last 20 years Ive now seen concord fail at it all now. cops we have don’t seem to do much. just drive around and not get out of there car. or sue the city for heaps of $$$ and still do nothing. concord went from old school to corporate crap glad the old school cops and fire fighters are not around to see how much there hard work means to concord.35 years in concord and i cant wait till everything is paid off so i can move far from this stupid crap.
My dad used to love this place. and he spent 40 years wearing a white shirt for the fire dept. now hes out of state and could care less. that’s sad. he doesn’t even like to come back to CA to visit.

145 Carnac the Magnificent July 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

@ anon June 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I’ll take your dare. The vehicle was FREE. It didn’t cost the City of Concord anything. What part of FREE do you not understand?

146 anon July 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

He understands free D.S. he is commenting on the claim that the vehicle is worth $380,000.

It will collect rust and dust and get trotted out on 4th of July. Tactical application will only be park it nearby for show. Only dummies will be impressed.

It would be interesting though if some gang went out and bought an rpg, isn’t that what you leftists are always saying about “escalation.” “If we give the cops semi-automatics the bad guys will get automatics.”

147 anon July 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

First comment is still hasen’t been answered.

“Ian June 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

So, historically, say the past 20 years, what situation would this have been useful for?”

I do find the “to fight crime” answer a little simple.

It is more of a “hey we laid off officers and paid out thousands in sexual harassment suits but hey we got you this really expensive car for free.” All better.

Best use will be for the DARE program if it is still around. Put stickers on it and trot it out to grade schools. Kids like that stuff.

148 Bill G. July 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

You can buy a nice Rolls Royce for under $10k, and have a way nicer ride than any cheap ass $20k new Honda. That said, you couldn’t afford repairs and maintenance on the Rolls and the fuel costs would break your back!!

Good luck Concord, I wonder what a Transmission job would cost on that thing?? You’ll be getting 5-8 MPG I’d guess?? Annual running/maintenance costs $5,000+ Nothing in life is free!!

149 InDaKnow July 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Stop complaining about the cost… is no issue to CPD..Let’s see…Lieutenant Runyon and Heinemann sue the city…they both take a year off on “stress” leave…the city pays out to save back-end money…cheaper to settle than fight..five months after his return Chief Swanger decides to send Runyon to Boston for a 3 week conference/school called SMIP. That school costs $40,000.00 and is not POST reimbursable…now that’s a complete waste of money….!!! Keep sipping on the Kool-Aid that Dan Keen gave you Chief…

150 barron July 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Thats one big paper weight.

151 David July 5, 2012 at 6:22 AM

LOL i thought this town was broke. the damn thing wasnt free. whats wrong with you people? it came from the government didnt it. so we the tax payers paid for it. wake up people.concord should sell it and build a new library. use the money for something useful.

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