The Bismarck Police Department will soon have a piece of equipment designed to help in the event of terrorism and other high risk situations.
The Police Department was awarded a Homeland Security Grant to fund a Tactical Intervention Vehicle.
It’s a bullet-proof, level four skid steerer. The ‘Rook’ can be remote-controlled to handle bomb inspections, with a camera to feed video back to officers from a distance.
It has a ram to push in doors or windows and a grapple claw that can pick up trees and other debris.
The vehicle is the first of its kind in the state.
Bismarck Police Department Deputy Chief Jason Stugelmeyer says, “I remember one call out where a subject was shooting at us. We had to actually remove a tree, but we had to risk operators by going up and cutting down the tree and hooking up a rope so we could pull it out of the way. This would enable us to do that safely.”
The vehicle will be stationed at the Bismarck Police Department for immediate response, but it’s for use by the entire tactical team. The team includes the BPD, Mandan Police, and Burleigh County and Morton County Sheriff’s offices.