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Simmer down, Burbank and South Pasadena have tanks

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This is something you probably don't ever want to see.

Employing the Mortimer and Randolph Duke usual amount, the South Pasadena Police Department has acquired a tank from the Burbank Police Department for $1. Maybe someone really did lose a bet.

Last week, the city took delivery of the "Peacekeeper," a U.S. Air Force surplus "armor-framed, gasoline-powered vehicle on a heavy-duty Dodge truck chassis" that requires "no special training to operate," said authorities, reports the Burbank Leader.

Seeing no action other than SWAT exercises, the Peacekeeper kept the peace through silent intimidation during its time in Burbank. Its main function is in rescue operations to create a "a barrier between a potential shooter and a resident or police officer," said Burbank Police Lt. John Dilbert.

South Pasadena's 35-officer agency, previously having to rely on SWAT assistance from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is boosting its own SWAT capabilities with training and equiptment.  

Said Police Chief Joe Payne “If the sheriff's department takes over, they also assume command of operations, which can be problematic because we're still responsible and liable.”  Payne said.

According to Payne, the last time the city called in for SWAT support was in 2005 when a mentally unstable woman barricaded herself with a weapon.

And don't worry about Burbank. They used a $275,000 Department of Homeland Security grant to buy a new BearCat SWAT vehicle in February 2009.

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