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

June 29, 2012 14:33 pm · 148 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

Ian June 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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

Walnut All Day June 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

They could have fixed a lot of the ghetto ass road in Concord with that money

kiyyap June 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Did you mean what is it NOT useful for?

Winston June 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Does Concord PD really need such a piece of hardware? Can they, say sell it off and raise some money to, I don’t know, pay for an additional cop for a couple of years?

Gary Ray June 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Why is this free military vehicle $380,000?

Antler June 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

So this will be patrolling Lime Ridge for us?

As well as being useful when an armed person has taken someone hostage and is holed up in an apartment with a lot of windows!

TheyCallMeSvey June 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

It’s a good thing gas prices are on their way down. LMAO. Hopefully it doesn’t have to pass smog.

Anon666 June 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM


USCPD June 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

When did the Concord Police become a military institution? I agree with Ian when the hell are they going to use this?

Lee White June 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

@Ian, None I can think of other than selling it off to pay Lt. Robin Heinemann’s lawsuit judgments.

KJ June 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

In the article they had to go back to 1984 for an instance when Concord police thought they needed such a behemoth — and, even then, they didn’t need it.

How much does it cost to fill up the tank?

Overkill! June 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Seriously! What is that, at least 3 additional police officers for a year with that much money? Or how bout better personal protection for the officers now? I guess they could always sell it at some point and recover some of that expense. Weren’t we looking at closures of some fire houses in our county, too?! Come on CPD! There are so many other things that money could have been used for!

annonq June 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Congratulations Concord taxpayers on the new War Toy.
Purchase – 380K
Fuel – 5 mpg, maybe
Upkeep – $$$$$$$$
Joyrides around town showing off the new useless bully toy – Priceless

animal June 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

i hope it came with cup holders to go along with their doughnuts!

challenger June 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Terrible waste of money. I didn’t know that Concord had 1/3 of a million daollars to spend on such foolish things. Could of bought an old armored car from Brinks when they retired one. How many times are they going to use this bloody thing? So now it is going to go on a show tour of Concord? Should of bought a Rolls Royce and put Concord PD on the side. This city never stops amazing me. June 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

It was donated by the military. However, there’s no word on how much the upkeep will cost.

J June 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Donated my ass. There’s always a catch or write off. What a useless piece of crap.

Mr. Bassman June 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Nice! Maybe they should auction it off to help offset some of the cuts that have been made to the city budget. Anyone been to a city park recently? I went to several parks over the last few weeks for different events and was not impressed! Overflowing garbage cans, with more garbage packed underneath them in their little holders, broken glass in the tot lots, bbq areas and horseshoe pits, seems altogether understaffed imho. And yes, I did clean up the broken glass I found. I wonder how long before the drastic reductions of staff, “not hiring to replace those who retired included here,” comes back to bite them. Then again, having heard from a friend what the starting pay is for a nepark employee, I’m not surprised if they can’ find people to fill the jobs…

welcome to baghdad June 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

when in sam hell will they ever use this thing? It isn’t like we’re in the middle of a war in Concord. WTF???????? They try to say our city is safe then they go and get this army tank!!

Ronald Reagan June 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Walnut Creek, Pleasan Hill, Concord, Pacheco & Clayton
should share the cost and share it when needed.
Waste of money, but if our Police Dept. says they need it then we should support them.
They have been doing a great job! Donated Great.
Now patrol our boarders from Pittsburg Richmond and the exits from H-4

Concord Resident June 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Perhaps some of the posters here missed the word “free”. Concord only paid to get it in working condition. About $15,000. While yes, that’s still a lot of money it’s not $380,000. Read carefully people.

OK...Let'e get out there... June 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM

and exterminate some Peuking Maggots….

Han Solo June 29, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I think it would be good to have one of these on board the Millenium Falcon.

jtkatec June 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM

When the military bases were downsized during the Clinton presidency, many law enforcement agencies took advantage of acquiring night vision googles, rifle scopes, etc., to supplement their own equipment.

It’s not a new program, it’s been around for years. If the military is not using it, it is passed on to other law enforcement agencies for their use.

well... June 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Concord is ghetto enough to need one of these. Especially when they add more housing on the CNWS.

anon June 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Amazing how many people post responses without actually reading the article

jtkatec June 29, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Why didn’t they get the one with the rocket launcher? Now that would be really cool on 4th of July.

What a Waste June 29, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Donated or not why do we need this? Having this just speaks volumns about what direction the police department thinks our city is heading.

Sell it and buy something we really need.

SELL IT June 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM

And pay off all the pending lawsuits!!!!

jj June 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM

better hurry it up at the paint shop for the fourth of july parade

Blah June 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I’m glad that was DONATED and they didn’t spend that much money on it !

Some Guy June 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Hey, cut ’em some slack! We’re still using the h*ll out of that free helicopter we got a few years back aren’t we? June 29, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Concord doesn’t have a helicopter. They use the Sheriff’s & CHP’s.

NRA #1 fan and member June 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

This truck is more suited for Oakland, Richmond, Antioch, Pittsburg and any other ghetto place I forgot to mention.

Gotcha June 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Mayor just love the wording, we get to see who is reading, following links, reading some more and paying attention.

Parsnip June 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Lemme guess — the cost of maintenance and upkeep will be earmarked off the $40 alarm permits required if the public wants police response to a triggered alarm.

JD June 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

@jtkatec “…If the military is not using it, it is passed on to other law enforcement agencies for their use.”

The military is not a law enforcement agency, so they don’t pass on to OTHER law enforcement agencies. Might sound like I’m getting picky, but it’s what keeps us from becoming Libya or Syria!

Connie Dobbs June 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

“It was donated by the military.”
Priceless, indeed.

annonq June 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Take a deep breath buddy, we’re just havin’ a little fun at the expense of your local leaders and believe me brother they deserve it.

Larrabee June 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

We should stop buying the military “excess” equipment.

Show offs June 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Really? They plan to show it off at the fair? All they are saying is “look at how badass we are”. This reeks of a bunch of meatheads showing off their big fancy truck. Get over yourselves. If this is a tactical vehicle then leave it at that, there is no need to show the whole world.

annonq June 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

The military disposes of redundant supplies and materials like this:
1. Post items for sale in a govt web site.
2. Items not purchased at sale will be auctioned.
3. Item not purchased at auction will be donated.
4. Items not donated will be sold for scrap.
5. Items not sold for scrap will be tossed in the garbage.
You folks got it just before it was scrapped.

@ Jacqueline June 29, 2012 at 3:51 PM

At least I understand why my alarm fee’s have been increased. Good to know I am paying for a new toy. Why do I see another lawsuit in there future?

anon June 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Military tax dollars at work. No difference than Solyndra.

funny man June 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

WTF.. we cant afford the keep the cops on the beat, the parks maintained, fill the potholes or repave the streets, or crossing guards BUT retirement bonuses and extravgant contracts, police playtoys? NO budget problems for those!

Mr. Bassman June 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Another thought, anyone else notice how “militarized” local police departments are becoming? With the tactical vehicles poping up here and there, and before long we’ll be having drone aircraft over our cities, seems a bit much for our domestic law enforcement needs.

funny man June 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

and yah i kno it wass donated.. were talkin maintenace, stoarage, fuel, upkeep and of course expensive extensive training which will be required by the officer who drives it.. *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

sfsean June 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

What a great idea! Let’s treat citizens the same as enemy combatants! Constitution? What constitution? Why both with a trial when we can kill the suspects instead, saves us so much time! This is what a police state looks like folks.

Josh June 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

yet they will not respond to burglaries? New eviction vehichle?

Josh June 29, 2012 at 4:12 PM

@sfsean I agree.

Seal June 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I do think it is a nice vehicle–although more suited for Oakland or Richmond where there are true war zones. But if it will help our guys/gals do the job they are supposed to do–I say just let them be.

Sarcratease June 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

That’s not your Fathers Oldsmobile.

BAM! June 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

What if it pulls out onto Galindo St. and sideswipes an innocent driver. Will it be exempt from prosecution?

anon June 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM

We need to get one for each entryway into Concord and scare away troublemakers from entering our city. Kidding. Kind of…

Fred P. June 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Gotta get that elusive Crystyl Ranch mob somehow!

WC resident June 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

One of the criticisms of former Concord police captain David Downing was his military background and attitude. I’m wondering if he had a hand in the acquisition of this vehicle.

YVHS88 June 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I don’t get it. Don’t you want your local law enforcement to have the tools to protect your community? Even if this vehicle is never used, don’t you think it’s better to have it sitting in the back lot of CPD than not having one when the need arises? I’m sorry your parks have not been well maintained and I am sure that is a result of the declining economy. But as the economy continues to decline, the last place you should make cuts is to the department who’s employees will lay down their lives to save yours. Oh and by the way, didn’t it say it was donated? Sure there are maintenance costs but every vehicle (or piece of equipment) cost $$ to maintain. Sure they could sell it. Not sure to who since you could get one from the military for free. While they’re at it, how about selling all their guns? No guns, no need for ammo. That would save money too. How about the patrol cars? They can walk to their calls, right? Look, you may not agree with the job your elected (or appointed) officials are doing, but if there’s a piece of equipment out there that could prevent an officer (or citizen) from being killed, I want them to have it. Especially if it’s donated.

Really? June 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM

And this is exactly why I did not vote for Ron Leone, who was already a one or two time loser in elections to become Mayor.
Sell the dam thing unless we’re going to war and we’re not aware of it. Then again who would be stupid enough to buy it? Stockton?

ChampagneKitty June 29, 2012 at 5:02 PM

to YVHS88: Amen!!!

Johnny Be-Good June 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Im happy to see them add such a valuable tool to fight crime! yeah CPD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Howard K Mullins III June 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

First of all, who pays for military equipment? We all do with taxes. So we already paid for it before it was donated. And our tax dollars are paying for all of the costs associated with this thing, whether it gets used or not. I for one will be looking to see when its first used and the outcry from the bleeding hearts crying about police brutality.

Introducing this thing at a Salvation Army event is so odd, I wonder who decided to do this. The Salvation Army Fair is not generally considered a hostile event and certainly the SA does not support hostile concerns. Yet someone decided that at one of the most peaceful events in Concord, it was time to introduce, what is essentially, a police attach vehicle.

You people that keep electing the buffoons who run this town should be ashamed and embarrassed by this inappropriate and tasteless display of police power.

I like the CPD and there are some great people on the force. But someone really goofed this time and I would bet that mistake came from the top.

Judge Roy Bean June 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Dam fine piece of equipment. Only thing missing is a set of twin 50’s on top.
Thank you for the donation to CPD….to help keep our officers and potential victims safe and make it a miserable day for the bad guys.
Remember tactical guys like swat truly lay it on the line when needed..

Howard K Mullins III June 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Attack, not attach.

Sold June 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Ahh, The wheels are all in motion. The NWO is taking shape.

Zoey June 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

What part of “It was free” don’t you morons understand……..Sometimes you get stuff and hope that you never use it….kind of like insurance. I can think of several reasons to have this and none not to.

Heck, I would be happy if they NEVER needed to use it.

How about some of you direct your anger to something that deserves it,,,,,Like your high school literacy program…..You know, the program that was supposed to teach you to read.

@BAM! June 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Only if it’s a left turn

Deebo June 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Make sure you all go out and donate $$ for the police K9s. I’ve lived in Concord for 2 years now and after reading this article I punched my father in the face for not pulling out 35 years ago. This country is going to hell and you all just sit back and let it happen.

anon June 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Only a macho cool SWAT guy will get to drive it.
They have an armored car already-maybe they got rid of it or this looks more bad.
Nice touch at a Salvation Army–those guys are not militatry or hostile types–they just help people in need…….
Just declare beats 2 & 3 a free fire zone

Frank C. June 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

David Rosen’s new wheels.

chris June 29, 2012 at 5:56 PM

No wonder why my fix it ticket,bulb burnt out, ended up costing me $820.00…

anon June 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Too bad we couldn’t borrow it to take the family out to the Olive Garden for dinner. It’s high enough off the ground so that you won’t get bit by corn snakes.

Zoey June 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

chris @73.

No it didn’t…..When you make stuff up you just look silly…

Cornerhorse June 29, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Many local law enforcement agencies have had these for YEARS, including Napa! Concord is just late to the party!

Od Fart June 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Way to go.

Role Models June 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I disapprove!

Jerk June 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM


The 4th Horseman June 29, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Are some of you people that friggin ignorant? FREE. DONATED. ZERO cost to obtain. The $380K price tag is simply what it’s worth. Only about $15K to get it into tip-top shape. That’s about the cost of a 1/3 of a police car (or less).

Sure it looks cool. But I think it’s a pretty cheap insurance policy to keep officers safe. Check out the article on Concord Patch for a longer story.

And it was a U.N. vehicle–not a U.S. military vehicle you slacker tax dodgers…

Stu June 29, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I didn’t even know we had a SWAT team.

Mr. Anon E. Mouse June 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

This free gift has cost the city $15,000* so far. It was in need of restoration (some of which was donated) and apparently a new paint job when Concord got it. Do we really need this exuberance of phallic symbolism, are we Vallejo or Oakland or Richmond, how often do we have a swat raid.
I don’t know what more disturbing the fact we may need this in Concord SOME day or the fact that we are wasting money on this with our budget problems.
$15,000 (which is just pennies of course) could go a long way in this economy… but not that far the way the council p!sses away money though.
That’s the cost of a single crossing guard? A patch for that Market street hump people have been talking about? A furlough day for all those city employees? And I thought mismanagement of the city would be gone with Danny boy. Guess not.

*from a CPD officer commenting in Patch article

SERIOUSLY............ June 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Oh gee whiz, what is seriously next…….DRONES!! Anyone wanna taker a side bet on that?!

Schmee June 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

How can so many people ask why we need this. Was it not last year there was like a water killer running through waterworld from the police. Or people barricaded with guns. Police use this vehicle as a moving wall in swat situations. Duh don’t you guys watch tv.

If I were a cop who had to confront people with a gun holed up if want to roll up in and hide behind something like this

anon June 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM

No such thing as a free puppy, or an armored vehicle for that matter.

Typical... June 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

…Claycord readers who really don’t take the time to read the story…slow down and absorb the material. When something is donated, it means it is given for FREE. Before you waste my time and others with your comments that are wrong, please make sure you know what you read and understand.

anon June 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

The problem with “bullet proof” vehicles is that they are only bullet proof when the doors are closed. When you open the doors to get out is when the problems start. Vehicles like this are only usefull for driving between two safe points in Iraq. Granted the liberals are piss scared of redneck snipers with deer rifles but I don’t think anyone with a backbone is.

The only use the CPD will get out of this thing is cops bringing their shorties back to the garage for “tactical encounters.” Be sure to keep condoms/dental dams in the glove box.

Killjoy June 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Mayor, I think you were mistaken in your article. You stated………
“It is unknown how many miles per gallon it gets.”

That’s because it’s more along the lines of gallons per mile.

Rob June 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

You can just see the military wanna-be’s in on the CPD who will be fighting with each other to race to an incident in that thing…

rich June 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

The Community Partners Open House at The Salvation Army Saturday June 30th from 10am to 3pm has a theme – “Being prepared is having the training and equipment you hope you will never need”. Why being prepared produces so much uncivilized hateful venom on Claycord is a mystery. Since 2007 I have watched the EDS Canteen volunteers feed evacuees, police, firemen, prisoners, homeless, and other volunteers, at real emergencies and drills. Not once has there been any expression like the screaming venom posted by the Claycord haters. Just gratefulness someone was there when needed. Why anybody would post hateful comments about volunteers, and community service opportunities displayed alongside the professional emergency responders and their equipment is hard to understand. Will you be as upset when you dial 911 and every responder is busy responding and you have to take care of yourself?

There will be many professional and community partner volunteer organizations participating. Veterans Outreach, Shriner Hospital for Children, Rotary, Lions, The Red Cross Blood Mobile, Neighbors helping Neighbors, CERT, VIPS, ConFire, and Swat just to name a few. The Salvation Army Emergency Services & Community Services partners with many community organizations and responds to emergencies created by all kinds of situations. The Salvation Army through it’s community services attempts to help take care of peoples personal needs. The thought was and is, to simply have in one place displays, of many of the areas local volunteer resource opportunities and professional emergency responders and equipment. The Salvation Army organized this opportunity and is asking visitors bring a can of food to help feed one of the nearly 600 families we take care of each month. Don’t post hate just because it is in the The Salvation Army facility.

Please look at this as an opportunity to learn about the theme. “Being prepared is having the training and equipment you hope you will never need”.
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June 30th, 2012 10:00am – 3 pm
3950 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA, 94521

JRConcord June 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Calm down people they are prepareing for the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.
I hear there are Zombie Cornsnakes gathering on Mt Diablo right now, and the plolice are going to use this for a pre-emptive strike soon!!! GO C.P.D.

Fred P. June 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Wonder if it has run-flat tires?

Anon June 29, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Finally CPD can clean up Mohr Lane!

Smokey June 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Hopefully its not a Chrysler product. Otherwise the military will have to provide a tow truck to get it to and from the riot.

inmotion June 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

The police will want to put it into use somehow to substantiate its existence, and it’s not free, where does the military get their money?

Steve June 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Wow, that really shows off their “shortcomings!”

KenInConcord June 29, 2012 at 9:18 PM

You are a bunch of snivelers !! I have seen this truck up close, It is not fancy, It is a mean kickazz functional tool to protect people lives.

Concord Police and other departments share resources with each other. Walnut Creek has a Bomb squad (CPD does not). Concord has SWAT and dogs (Walnut Creek Does Not). CHP has Helicopters. This allows better tools and training with the added cost of redundant equipment.

This vehicle has bench seats in back and can be used to move your whinny little azz out of dangerous situation. I think it will seat 8-10 people
If we has a sniper stand-off this would be used to vacate the surrounding buildings.

For those who complain about Concord spending 15K, This is tough truck. It will survive abuse that would send 10 standard patrol car to the junk yard, This will save the city money in the long run.

No! not a Cop, I just look at this with a little common sense..
Yes! I want the potholes fixed along Oak Grove road too. Just stop picking apart the people that risk their lives to protect our city. Instead take a walk through the Corp yard. I don’t hear you freak about the new lawnmowers that keep you baseball fields so nicely groomed.

Ken D.

led June 29, 2012 at 9:27 PM

This is a dumb move. We want good policing, but not a police state and definitely not a police force that loads itself up with military toys. Even as a symbol it’s a bad idea: it just gives a sense of distance between the police and citizens. I don’t care if it’s “free”; it is something a local law enforcement Dept should not have.

joe June 29, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I hope a cop pulls me over in that thing. I’m going to start doing illegal u-turns till they do.

From Concord June 29, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Concord, California needs this vehicle to fight against the illegal terrorist, gangs and all criminals that have RUINED CONCORD!!!!

From Concord June 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

@ 57
If he did……then GOD BLESS HIM!!!!!

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

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

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.

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.

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…

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…..

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.

@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!

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

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

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.


Amy June 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

I don’t believe this.

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.

antioch June 30, 2012 at 1:15 AM

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

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.

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.”

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….

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

Kathy June 30, 2012 at 6:19 AM

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Shiloh June 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

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

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.

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

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.

Terry Kremin June 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

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

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!

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.

Cowellian June 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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

Antler June 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

“Purdy! Purdy flower!”

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.

Googlar June 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

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

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.

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.

anon June 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM

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

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

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.

Palermo June 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

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

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

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!!

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.

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?

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.”

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.

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!!

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…

barron July 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Thats one big paper weight.

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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