Approved by council once and then dropped from consideration, the controversial BearCat vehicle sought by the Culver City Police Department will be a subject for community discussion at two meetings.
From the CCPD, “After analyzing the City’s emergency response capabilities, staff recently determined that acquiring a Lenco BearCat Rescue Vehicle would enhance public safety services in Culver City. The rescue vehicle is designed for coordinated police, emergency medical support (EMS) and fire responses to incidents involving active shooters, barricaded suspects and rescue missions.”
The CCPD will seek input from the community and City Council on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7 PM at the Culver City Senior Center (4095 Overland Avenue) AND on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7 PM at the Mike Balkman Council Chambers (9770 Culver Boulevard.)
Each meeting includes an opportunity to inspect the proposed vehicle and participate in a Q&A with Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells and Vice Mayor Göran Eriksson.
If you cannot attend either of the meetings, join the discussion virtually through the Culver City Police Department’s Facebook Live on February 11 or stream online on February 19.
Aside from the community meetings, the City also wants to learn about the community’s concerns and priorities via a community survey. Commenters will remain anonymous. Visit the BearCat Armored Rescue Vehicle website to take the survey and learn more. Results will be used to help determine the City Council’s decision. The City Council will consider staff’s recommendation to purchase the BearCat Rescue Vehicle at the March 23, 2020 City Council Meeting.