Newark Police Seek Purchase of Armored Truck

City council will vote on whether to lease a bulletproof vehicle at its next council meeting.

Newark City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to allow the city to buy a used armored vehicle for the , according to media reports.

The Argus reported Monday that council members will vote on whether to lease the bulletproof truck for a total of $161,000 for the next seven years.

In the report, Police Chief James Leal said that Friday's tragic that killed 12 people and April's in Oakland are examples of why such trucks are needed.

More from The Argus:

The vehicle is said to be a Lenco BearCat, which resembles an armored Brinks truck, would be used only for special circumstances, such as armed barricaded suspects, terrorist attacks and shootings at schools and other public places, police said.

Newark, a small city of just under 43,000 people, has had its share of police standoffs with suspects in recent years, but has never been hit with a terrorist attack or mass shooting. Still, Leal said the Aurora tragedy is a "prime example" of why police agencies need the truck.

"Nowadays, you don't where or how it's going to happen," Leal said.

Leal also told The Argus that the vehicle would be used as a protective truck and would not be used as an "assault vehicle." Neighboring police departments, including Union City and Fremont, have similar trucks, according to the report.

The item is listed in the city council's consent agenda. The council meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday inside City Hall, 37101 Newark Blvd.

Read the entire Argus article by clicking here.

Should city council allow Newark police to purchase an armored vehicle? Take the poll below and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Andrea July 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Albert is exactly right on this one. Fear, fear fear,.... let's scare everybody into thinking we need this expensive new toy. This would be a ridiculous misuse of tax payer money; money that is so scarce right now.
Albert Rubio July 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM
How many times has an armored car been requested from Fremont in the past 5-10 years? many idea sound like great when you have other peoples money to spend on it. But most are unwise. This is exactly why there needs to be a check on spending.
James Nelson July 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM
A handful of times already so far this year. What if someone like a Citizen or Private Entity wanted to buy it for the City, would you still complain that we didn't need it? Even if Tax Payer Money wasn't involved in it's purchase. Lots of people will argue about what a City of our Size needs or doesn't need. But the Reality is that if we didn't have it, then sometime in the near future Newark has a Massacre unfold, we'd have to waste precious time waiting for another Agencies Unit to arrive before our LE could proceed. Now everyone says Newark is so small nothing like that would ever happen but lets not forget the same was said for Columbine (Littleton). I think the City spending Money to lease a Armored Vehicle would be a wise Decision instead of throwing that same Money toward Survey Groups like that Cal Poly Grads. I mean really, paying so much for Outsiders whom don't care or know much about Local Dynamics of Newark. When they could have spent far less giving Locals whom not only Live here but are also versed in such Simplicity. Newark's Leadership will ALWAYS waste precious Resources on crap. Knowing this, it's better to present them with Options which actually improve a given situation. The Idiots in our Government who have no problem wasting our Resources will continue to do so until they Die or are not Re-Elected. It's called Reality.
LivedinNewarktolong July 25, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I wish there was a way to block James' posts, but then again, you would normally have to pay a cover charge and a two drink minimum for comedy like this.
J. Conseco July 25, 2012 at 03:21 AM
We need a gunboat to patrol the lake.
LivedinNewarktolong July 25, 2012 at 03:32 AM
@J Conseco now that is hilarious right there! I'll do it with a paddle boat and a sling shot
Geoff Burton July 25, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I've lived here many years and I don't recall NPD ever suffering a tragedy due to lack of an armored car. Don't get me wrong I actually support the police I believe in law and order, but I don't believe we need this.
Geoff Burton July 25, 2012 at 03:44 AM
So true.
Geoff Burton July 25, 2012 at 04:24 AM
S.H. You are so, what ever
J. Conseco July 25, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Im not joking. I saw someone smoking marijuana there.
Barney Google July 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM
J. Conseco 2:17 am on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Im not joking. I saw someone smoking marijuana there. It was Summer
Summer Hemphill July 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I proudly join thousands of my Newark neighbors (yes thousands,do the arithmetic) who smoke marijuana for a myriad of reasons on a daily basis ! Everyone but the clueless or the mentally incompetent knows that many of their neighbors use marijuana & most don't care ! There is a small yet vocal group who vehemently complain about public consumption & storefront dispensaries because they don't like it rubbed in their faces. My feeling is that's too damn bad ! Alas no city or police forces efforts have ever had a lasting effect in reducing use or demand ! I'm sure that some may enjoy their marijuana with their afternoon stroll around the lake (maximum penalty $100.00 fine),but sorry to disappoint you I'm not one of them !
Joe Pereira July 25, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Newark has a armored vehicle!!! When Newark and Union City SWAT teams combined, they gained access to a armored truck. Last Saturday Fremont PD did a mutual aid with Oakland because Oakland had its armored truck assigned to the presidentual detail along with ACSO (Sheriffs Office)... Union City has a armored truck that is used when the SWAT team is called upon and Newark Officers are also used for those assignments.... Also, when Fremont's SWAT team went to Oakland, Newark SWAT officers also were called upon to go with them.... So, there is no need to spend tax payer dollars on a piece of equipment that we already have access too!!
Albert Rubio July 25, 2012 at 05:46 PM
James, Doomsday scenario's are cheap. What you don't seem to realize is that imagining Aurora Massacre in Newark is not a reasonable argument. It is demagogic. It is fear driven. Another reason for skepticism is because this issue is raised not by Newark Data, but because of the Aurora Massacre. It is POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM and every politician and police chief would love to cash in. Furthermore, Newark has access to armored vehicles from Fremont and apparently Joe explains below, from Union City (which would be good for the patch to follow up on). Now it is up to you to come up with a reasoned argument given these facts (or prove them false) in order to sway people. Recounting Doomsday scenarios, playing devil's advocate and name calling will not make your case stronger. Several people have commented already that they find your chosen methods tiresome. You likely don't care. But If you don't care about convincing anyone properly, then there is no reason to argue.
Elisabeth J Gonzalez July 25, 2012 at 06:04 PM
#1: First of all, you cannot fit an armored car into a movie theater - it will not protect people nor the cops in that situation. #2: Two months ago a fleet of police cars and a swat truck furiously drove down the streets and into Coyote Hills Regional Park as I was leisurely walking in that direction. A few minutes later I heard shots being fired in the hills. ... how intimidating!! How awful!! Can you picture it? Nature Preserve, nice summer day, swat trucks, gun shots!... Where do we live, Germany 1943??
Nadja Adolf July 25, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Don't give them ideas. The next thing we know they will be enlarging the Lake and buying a Destroyer Escort.
Nadja Adolf July 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
More like Germany, 1934.
Quinn July 25, 2012 at 06:39 PM
It's just another tax for the community, we don't need it, we have access to Fremont's.
Nadja Adolf July 25, 2012 at 06:44 PM
DH mentioned that if the concern really is officer safety, the department could have the patrol car doors armored for far less money to protect all of the officers instead of only the SWAT team. I don't know about you; but if our PD feels the need for an armored personnel carrier, it makes me wonder what they know that we don't. Maybe they are anticipating riots and gang wars in the proposed new low income tenements?
James Nelson July 25, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Albert, Who said anything about a Doomsday Scenario? Someday Newark will have a School Massacre maybe not this year or next, probably not 10 years from now but one day it will become a Reality. Isn't it better to side on the err of Caution? Do you consider Newark's CERT Program to be a Doomsday Scenario and a waste of Money? A big Disaster such as the next "Big One" will happen SOMEDAY. Yet everybody Trains for it in the now to be Prepared for if and when it does happen. I'm not here to Argue, I stated what I meant to say and provided my thoughts on the matter. I realize you Jizz like a Race Horse at the thought of having a good Argument, but that's not my cup of Tea. Truth is, those in Power will do what THEY choose to do and it doesn't matter what we think. Every year the City of Newark wastes what little Money we have on useless crap just to spend money. I'd rather they obtained an Armored Vehicle that will be put to use Daily. It really is that simple.
Geoff Burton July 25, 2012 at 08:02 PM
You may be on to something Nadja.
Geoff Burton July 25, 2012 at 08:04 PM
PT 73 Mchales Navy that's what we need.
Albert Rubio July 25, 2012 at 08:46 PM
>Who said anything about a Doomsday Scenario? You did. It is the heart of your argument. It's a fair description of your argument, but if you want to give it another name like "worst case scenario" then fine. Just don't call it "reality" > Someday Newark will have a School Massacre This is an extreme conjecture which can never have evidence to support such a claim. It is absurd to reason this way and no one should listen to it. >I realize you Jizz like a Race Horse at the thought of having a good Argument, but that's not my cup of Tea. It should be your cup of tea if you like to argue. It is mandatory for credibility. Without a good argument, no one has any business arguing. > Truth is, those in Power will do what THEY choose to do and it doesn't matter what we think. True, but again, to stop this there is no other means available than to refute those in power with good arguments and persuade voters not to go along.
Lisa Kphotoalbums July 25, 2012 at 09:03 PM
"I'd rather they obtained an Armored Vehicle that will be put to use Daily. It really is that simple." James... In what ways will this Armored vehicle be used Daily? taking officers for lunch? I did see the one Fremont has at Starbucks once...I didn't what the devil it was and had to ask..and asked if they had had a call...no, just out for coffee????
James Nelson July 25, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Breakfast, Lunch, maybe a quick 18 at a nearby Club... Hell, if they don't have a reason to use it I will gladly volunteer my Services to drive it around for them! My Gut Instinct tells me that we'd spend most of the time returning the favor to other Departments and offering our Equipment when needed. There are however times when our Department would prefer a particular Service such as a Armored Vehicle be present at an Incident and no Agency can spare one. When our Officers need Heli Support, they don't always get it and if they do it's usually provided by CHP Golden Gate Division. An Armored Vehicle is a Basic necessity in this day and age. It's almost as Important as the AR 15's in each Patrol Car.
J. Conseco July 26, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Lets use this money to fund random drug testing for police officers, teachers, city workers....
Barney Google July 26, 2012 at 07:16 PM
With thinking like this I think maybe Chief James Leal should resign. This is way to costly. The taxpayers are already stuck with Measure G.
James Nelson July 26, 2012 at 07:40 PM
same could be said for Mayor Nagy! That Dinosaur keeps business as usual, as a Community Leader it befalls upon him to set the standards and LEAD by Example. Instead he's still more of the Puppet and not the Puppet Master. In fact, get rid of our entire City Council and start anew.
Barney Google July 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM
You got that right James
Nadja Adolf July 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Well, the Council voted to give them their armored car. I guess they can use it to keep the streets quiet during the Newark Days celebration and at the Farmer's Market. It will also be useful to handle disturbances at Council Meetings, but now they'll need a bigger elevator in City Hall.


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