The Randall County Sheriff's Office has ordered its first armored car.

The County Commissioners have given approval on the purchase.  It is expected the vehicle will add needed protection for officers and the community in a variety of dangerous incidents.  The vehicle is not military-grade and is for defense and protection.

A 12-hour standoff in November which saw officers attempting to deploy teargas from the bed of a pickup while under fire prompted the purchase.  The vehicle will be funded by forfeit asset money and not taxpayer dollars.

The vehicle costs in excess of $300,000 and is a Lenco BearCat Armored Vehicle.  The vehicle features 4-wheel drive and is bulletproof.

The armored vehicle is currently being built in Massachusetts.  Delivery is expected around Thanksgiving.