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Santa Clara County law enforcement officers can expect to have a new beast on their hands, and it will be hibernating in Gilroy.

About a month ago, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department obtained a tactical armored vehicle called a BearCat through a federal Department of Homeland Security grant.

The Gilroy Police Department will house the $285,000 vehicle once its built and delivered, GPD Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said.

The GPD volunteered to store the vehicle when the county purchased it, Gallacinao said. The county agreed because Gilroy was considered an appropriate deployment location in the South County, he said.

“Obviously we’re excited,” Gallacinao said. “Not just for Gilroy, but for all of South County. It could prove invaluable one day.”

Source: Mark Powell for the Hollister Free Lance.

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