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exit these vehicles in precari- ous situations, often at night with low light, on uneven ter- rain, and the truck is built to make the offi cer’s job easier and safer, including extra-wide door openings, large platforms and running boards, additional lighting to accentuate the steps during night operations, door padding where officers are exiting/entering the unit, and ergonomically favorable grab handles.


Johnson said the primary question he always gets is about price and TAG offers multiple vehicles under the B.A.T.T. line of armored rescue vehicles for that reason. Other important questions concern


The Lodi (Calif.) SWAT team consistently uses its Armored Group vehicle for protection of its team and the ability to protect citizens.


WAT vehicles must deploy rapidly and require that most equipment be ready in place for that deployment. These manufacturers are designing the vehicles for those particular needs.


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The Armored Group, LLC www.armoredcars.com Jeremy Johnson with The Armored Group stated, “The most important type of armoring for the tactical teams here in the USA is for fi rearms. The B.A.T.T.® was designed with this in mind and we work to cover all angles, gaps, and perceived points of weakness by assailants, including key- holes, edges of glass, door gaps when doors are open during entry/exit, and optic port creases.


“The teams want to make sure the vehicles can protect their


offi cers as well as any individuals they are working to rescue in a hostile environment. That being said, all of our units come with blast rated fl oors to protect against skip rounds and cer- tain levels of blasts.”


Johnson reported that they listen to offi cers about what makes the vehicle easier for them to use. Offi cers enter and


The Lodi (Calif.) SWAT team appreciates the roomy interior with air conditioning that accommodates its SWAT team with safe and comfortable transportation.


the armoring level, space available, HVAC, warranty, off-road capability, and ease of entry/exit.


TAG installs radios, PA systems, sirens, intercoms, throw phone storage and plugs, parabolic microphones, LRAD systems, and the V-Mux control panel. TAG also focused on installing an internal electronic control system to allow depart- ments the ability to add electronic features in the future with less retrofi tting because with armored vehicles, making adjust- ments to them after purchase can be diffi cult. TAG offers optional equipment such as multiple cameras, thermal cameras, night-vision illuminator lights, different step and running board layouts, exclusive flip-out running boards for footing for officers riding on the outside, and


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