But the vehicle, valued at $256,000, is in the garage of the department thanks to funds from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
And the only charge to Floyd County is $130 for stenciling the department’s name on the side of the vehicle, according to Ewing.
It started with a phone call that Ewing, who is also commander of the Floyd County SWAT team, received around 10 p.m. in October from a GEMA official.
“They had found some money, some homeland security money that they were going to spend like the next day,” Ewing said. “They were buying four new vehicles and they were going to place them strategically throughout the state.”
The other vehicles went to Savannah, Macon and Columbus. Floyd County was chosen to receive the one in the northwest corner of the state.
The vehicle is equipped with an entry tool that allows officers to “ram” into a building if needed, a gas deployment tool and a hatch on top.
It’s also bulletproof.
“Say we have an officer who is being shot or trapped,” Ewing said. “It doesn’t matter if they shoot at us or not. We can recover our people; we can recover people who are trapped. Gunfire is no problem with this thing.”
Ewing and assistant SWAT commander Chad Johnson received training on the vehicle.
The county will share the vehicle with other counties if needed, according to Ewing.