BearCat ready for duty

TASMANIA Police is not expecting to need its new nine tonne, $400,000 armoured response vehicle very often.

Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Steve Bonde said the federal government's National Counter-Terrorism Committee had funded the left-hand-drive, US-made BearCat vehicle delivered to Tasmania Police today.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Bonde said the vehicle would be used in the event of a terrorism incident, which he said in Tasmania was ``not likely''.

Other uses would include helping in the rescue of an injured person who might be threatened by a firearm.

The vehicle is built to provide bullet and blast protection.

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