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The vehicle, called the Berkshire County special response team truck, is property of the Pittsfield Police Department, but it is available for use when needed by departments throughout the four Western Massachustts counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire.

“It’s a regional asset,” said Pittsfield Police Chief Michael J. Wynn.

Wynn and members of his department drove the truck to the Log Cabin in Holyoke Tuesday for the annual police exposition sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.

The truck, a Ford F550 frame and drivetrain surrounded by a specially built armored exterior, was funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Wynn said that its official description is as a rescue vehicle, but it can be used in a variety of police situations that carry a high degree of danger, such as armed standoffs, drug raids or even to rescue police and civilians pinned down by gunman. Wynn said one example of where it would be deployed was the recent armed standoff in Ludlow where former Springfield police officer George Stuart held police at bay as he threatened to shoot himself.

Read more at Patrick Johnson for The Republican.

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