SWAT team wants Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton to pay for armored vehicle

A group of cities in north Fulton County could be footing the hefty bill for a new vehicle and devices for local law enforcement.

The North Fulton SWAT Team — made up of officers from Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell — are asking the cities they serve to fund the purchases of an armored rescue vehicle and two tactical robots. The total cost of these three purchases would be more than $375,000.

Led by Alpharetta Police Lt. D.L. French, the SWAT team submitted a proposal at the Alpharetta City Council meeting on Oct. 2, just a day after 58 people were killed in Las Vegas, in a terrorist attack that left more than 500 wounded.

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Alpharetta leaders are expected to review the proposal over the next few weeks, while officials in Roswell and Milton will see the proposal at a meeting soon.

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According to the agenda item from Alpharetta’s Oct. 2 meeting, the SWAT team claims it has “no safe way to rescue citizens or officers that are under direct gunfire” or a “safe way to approach buildings where crimes are ongoing.”

This, they say, is why they need the armored rescue vehicle, made by Lenco Industries. The agenda item also says a vehicle like this would be useful in rescuing residents in extreme weather conditions.

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If approved, the cost of the vehicle would be divided among the three cities, with Roswell paying $149,811.84, Alpharetta paying $106,116.72 and Milton out $56,179.44. Yearly costs to maintain the vehicle would be $1,400.

The two robots the team wants to purchase are an Avatar III made by RoboteX and a Recon Scout XL made by Recon Robotics.

The Avatar, the team says, is a “large tracked robot” that would allow the SWAT team to locate a suspect and communicate with him or her without making direct contact. The Recon Scout XL, according to the agenda, is a “small micro robot” that can be deployed easily in “many locations” and thrown through windows and doorways.

Together, the two robots cost more than $60,000.

As of Monday the proposal by the SWAT Team was not listed on any online agendas for city council meetings in Roswell or Milton.

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