Police Unveil Armored Surveillance Truck

The St. Petersburg Police Department has turned an old Brinks armored truck and turned it into a surveillance truck designed to be a crime deterrent.

On Thursday, the St. Petersburg Police Department unveiled its newest toy more than a year in the works, an armored surveillance truck. 

According to police, the truck, or ASV, is designed to act as deterrence in those areas where a high incidence of criminal, narcotic or nuisance activity has taken place and will also be available for monitoring activities at large events within the city. The former Brinks armored truck was donated.

City Council members had been asking about its whereabouts since the truck was planned. 

Police Chief Chuck Harmon said the truck would be deployed immediately. He said it would first, and briefly, be used in a busy commercial corridor so the public sees what it is. Then, he said, it will move into high-crime areas of the city. 

"We will try to put in areas that are visible at night," Harmon said. "To be very overt, so people see it, so it's discouraging (crime)."

Council member Karl Nurse said he was excited to see the finished product. He said the truck will be a great and mobile crime prevention tool.

"I like the fact it will clearly discourage," Nurse said. "I wouldn’t want to do my business next to this." 

The armored truck, according to Harmon, is capable of video surveillance in a 360-degree radius around the vehicle.  

Creepin November 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Police state anyone? Hitler and stalin only wished they could run a state like this. "Anyone who would give up freedom for security deserves neither.". Rise up! And by the way, so are we;)
Red November 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Will it act in concert with all those security cameras popping up around town? Inquiring minds want to know if Tampa or Kenneth City needs this kind of crime fight-in' tool. There must be SOME place that needs it ! But where?
Peter J Dunlay November 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Why? What for? This was "donated"? Imparting fear through "visibility"? Has someone gone off their rocker? When first mentioned in the Media a cost of $250,000. was mentioned. This City has greater Law Enforcement problems than an armored vehicle will solve. Heck. Park it out by the Rib Fest this weekend. That'll make all the folks feel right at home in St. Pete! This is WRONG!
cherylwithac November 10, 2012 at 05:11 PM
St. Petersburg is turning into a place that no decent person would want to visit, much less live. Scary blue eyes surrounded by a batman mask and the words "We Are Watching"--it does bring to mind Hitler's Germany. Sad for a city whose leaders want it to be a great one. It's one filled with so much crime that one surveillance truck can't solve.
CJ November 11, 2012 at 07:29 AM
It's a good thing this thing will hardly be noticed...lol... since it is used for ''Surveillance'' and has the big words, ''We Are Watching'' and ''Armored Surveillance Vehicle'' plastered all over it...lol! Frankly, it looks like something better suited for parades. Wouldn't it have been better to paint it to look like a non-police vehicle...and possibly made to look like a generic work truck of some sort? This make about as much sense as having the cops wear shirts with words on the back that say, ''We May Look Like Cops, But We Are Not''
Concerned Floridian November 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Yep - police state. Mr. Mansell thanks for your wise words describing this as the 'newest toy' in town unveiled to please the little boys at heart: The new vehicle made Mr. Nurse all excited.
Concerned Floridian November 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Mr. Dunley, this is not the army tank that cost us all $250,000. And yes, it truly seems that they are about all off their rocker.
kincade727 November 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Why does every police vehicle in the South have to come with arrogant and provacative labels and slogans. Wouldn't a simple, "to serve and protect" suffice? Boys and their toys.... Maybe they should add a screeching eagle with its talons exposed.
Red November 14, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Looks like the taxpayers get thrown under the um, bus/crime-fight'in-truck.
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