"The Rook" Approved in Marion County
Marion County, FL -- The Marion County Sheriff's Office is taking some steps to keep their SWAT Team safe.
They're partnering with the Ocala Police Department to purchase "The Rook", a heavy duty piece of equipment designed to protect their Officers and Deputies.
Last week Sheriff Chris Blair with MCSO sent a letter to the Board of County Commissioners to gain approval to purchase The Rook. And now, The Board has approved the equipment.
The two departments will share the price tag of $255,000, using no tax payer money to purchase it.
Officials say The Rook has attachments which make it capable of stopping a hostage or barricade situation.
"It can actually puncture a hole in a structure to deploy gas, it can also video inside certain locations of the residence to where it'll feed back to the command center so we know where the perpetrator is, or possible location of weapons, drugs or other things," according to Sheriff Chris Blair, with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Blair said The Rook will also be shared with SWAT Teams around the region, like Lake City and Dunnellon.
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