These days a dollar can buy a can of soda, a song on iTunes — or, in the case of South Pasadena, an armored vehicle.
Last week the city took delivery of a vehicle known as a Peacekeeper, paying Burbank $1 for the privilege. Burbank originally received the Peacekeeper as surplus from the U.S. Air Force.
The Peacekeeper is primarily used for rescues and creates a barrier between a potential shooter and a resident or police officer, said Burbank Police Lt. John Dilbert.
The Peacekeeper saw no action during its Burbank years, except during SWAT exercises, but South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Payne said his agency is boosting its SWAT training and capabilities, and he's pleased to have the vehicle.
“Local law enforcement [agencies are] having to rely more and more on their own resources for tactical operations,” Payne said.
A city staff report stated the South Pasadena Police Department would benefit from having the Peacekeeper in the event of a complex shooting incident or stand-off situation, such as the North Hollywood bank robbery shooting in 1997 or the gunman's rampage at a Seal Beach hair salon last year.