I was casually walking home from work when in the corner of my eye I saw this beast. I think it is commonly known as The Bear among Massachusetts State Troopers, but feel free to correct me on that in the comments section. The vehicle was in Boston as part of the increased security for the annual marathon following last year’s bombings and subsequent manhunt. This Ford Heavy Duty-based armored vehicle is made by Lenco Armored Vehicles. It looks to be the BearCat G3 model and according to the company website it provides “.50 Caliber armor protection” and offers increased off-road performance over more pedestrian BearCats. This one is equipped with roof-mounted cameras and additional work lights. The front and portable side battering ramps seem to be standard equipment. Writing this, I realized that I need a vehicle with a battering ramp. MSP seems to have several of them as we have seen one with license plates 2601 before and there are pictures of 2603, too. More pictures after the jump. Yes, I did get permission to take these pictures from the Troopers that were there. For other police car reading check out the Crown Victoria nursing home and Taurus SHO versus Police Interceptor Sedan.
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