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Law enforcement’s operating climate is violent and getting worse. From lone shooters and drug cartels to the threat of terrorism, officers from police, SWAT, and DEA to border patrol and homeland security face more violence and firepower. As the bad guys gain access to sophisticated weapons and technology, officers place themselves in great jeopardy to keep the public safe.

What’s needed is a technology that gives the edge back to the good guys. Now a new class of vehicle known as the Tactical Response Armored Car (TRAC), like a Swiss army knife for law enforcement, provides greater safety, versatility, and speed of response to officers than previously possible.

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Built on a compact armored vehicle platform with tank-like, all-terrain tracks, the operator deploys the attachment needed for the situation whether an assault platform, breaching ram with wireless camera, grapple bucket, vehicle extraction tool, or custom option. The operator can swap out attachments as needed in minutes via quick change couplers, while a custom transport truck gives TRAC and its attachments the portability to quickly go where needed, speeding officer response time.

Elevated Risk 
When the bad guys act, officers must rapidly assess the situation to prevent harm and bring the perpetrators to justice. To do this, officers put their lives at risk with traditional equipment that requires a compromise in safety, versatility, or speed of response. Approaching a crime scene is usually done in an unarmored car or van. If an armored carrier is used, officers make the final approach on foot.

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Crime scene reconnaissance and engagement is also hazardous with traditional equipment.
“Most ballistic vests and shields are rated for handgun ammunition,” says Sgt. Dan Frair, SWAT team leader of the Binghamton, NY police department, which has about 150 sworn officers. “The vests leave the face and lower body exposed, and the shields leave the lower body exposed. When rifle-rated shields and vest inserts are used, the added weight restricts mobility.” Officers carrying a shield typically deploy with a pistol, limiting offensive range and firepower.

On entering a structure at a crime scene, officers are at a tactical disadvantage. “Many SWAT teams lack the ability to quickly and effectively enter through a second floor opening,” says Frair. “Some suspects have barricaded the first floor doors to thwart entry by police. If they retreat to the second floor, they may booby-trap stairs or shoot at officers as they come up.”

Needed equipment frequently isn’t available at a crime scene due to the high cost of buying, transporting, and maintaining it, plus training officers on it. “When needed equipment isn’t available, the only alternative is to put officers at a significantly elevated risk to do the job when the public’s safety is at stake,” says Frair.

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A Tactical Edge 
Enter TRAC, designed to handle the full range of law enforcement crises while protecting officers. Manufactured by Johnson City, NY-based Dolmen, it’s small enough to fit in corridors, freight elevators, and high-rise buildings but large enough to carry 8 or more personnel.

The vehicle’s assault platform, with level II, III, or IV armor plating, top, bottom, front, and side protection, with matching ballistic glass, is one of its main draws. To ensure reliability under fire, TRAC equipment offers full manufacturing traceability including mill certificates with ballistic and heat reports. Dolmencorp.com.

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