‘Bearcat’ joins Maui Police Department

Photo Courtesy: County of Maui/Lois Whitney
Photo Courtesy: County of Maui/Lois Whitney

The Bearcat is a state-of-the-art armored vehicle that will provide the Maui Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) with armored protection and tactical capabilities during high-risk operations.

The vehicle has the ability to repel a .50-caliber projectile, as well as superior maneuverability and load-carrying capacity.

“This vehicle will help ensure the safety of our officers and the citizens of Maui County,” Mayor Arakawa said. “I would like to thank the County Council for their support in acquiring this equipment, and the officers of the SRT who put their lives on the line for the sake of our community each day.”

Police Chief Gary Yabuta noted that the vehicle is the latest of its kind in the state, and will provide a critical element of safety during operations that would have previously put officers in harm’s way.

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