CRPD adding BearCat to their fleet

The city of Cedar Rapids is looking to get more equipment.

Late this fall, the Cedar Rapids Police Department is expected to get a BearCat.

It's an armored rescue vehicle, that could help in mass-casualty situations.

The BearCat will be able to take on gunfire, and hold up to 12 officers inside. It would be used in emergency situations, to help rescue victims.

Officers worked for a decade to get a vehicle. They say it's needed, given the number of mass casualty events that happen in the U.S. each year.

The cost is around around a quarter of a million dollars. It's covered by asset forfeiture funds.