University of California at Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said no way to the campus police force’s attempt to procure a military vehicle with a Department of Homeland Security grant. The prospect of the armored car had enraged students and administrators at Berkeley. From the Huffington Post:
The UC Police Department sought to use a $169,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase an “Armored Response Counter Attack Truck,” also called a Lenco BearCat. The UCPD argues it would be necessary in dealing with possible shootings on campus, and would be shared with local municipal police agencies.
Berkeley Patch reported UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgenau said the eight-ton armored truck has no place on campus.
“Campus administrators evaluated the proposal and concluded that such a military-style vehicle is not the best choice for a university setting,” Birgenau said. “UC officials are in the process of canceling the order for the vehicle.”
What do you think: Should campus police get a military vehicle?