Slidell police get $225,000 armored ATV

SLIDELL (AP) — The Slidell police SWAT team has a new $225,000 armored all-terrain vehicle that can hold up to 11 people.

Textron Marine & Land Systems gave the Tiger Light Protected Vehicle to the city of Slidell.

“This donation is very much appreciated and will be a huge asset to the Slidell Police Department and the citizens of Slidell,” Police Chief Randy Smith said at a news conference Thursday. “The Tiger vehicle can be used for multiple purposes, such as evacuating citizens from an active shooting scenario, safely resolving a hostage situation, or any other life or death situation.”

The Tiger has an armored body and Cummins 350 horsepower diesel engine mounted on a modified chassis from the Dodge RAM pickup truck. It has five doors and a roof hatch.

It’s currently painted tan. The city plans to paint it black, with the SWAT team’s logo.

The Textron Inc. subsidiary employs more than 500 people at its headquarters and two facilities in Slidell.

Textron Marine & Land’s marketing partner MDT Armor designed and built the vehicle in Auburn, Ala.

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