After hours of negotiating with a suspect who was barricaded in a home, the Pennsylvania State Police tactical team decided it was time to go in.
Fortunately, the department recently acquired The Rook, an armored critical incident vehicle designed by Ring Power Corporation.
Utilizing one of the Rook’s strategic attachments the tactical team was able to safely approach the structure; protected by the custom built NIJ Level IV Armored Deployment Platform.
The Armored Deployment Platform, which can be raised up to 11 feet, allowed the tactical team to deploy officers to the roof of the home and gain access through a window.
"It was definitely a valuable tool for the department to have in protection of the troopers," Sgt. Barry Brinser, supervisor of the state police Special Emergency Response Team for Eastern Pennsylvania, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Pennsylvania State Police are already in the process of acquiring a second Rook, to be used in another region of the state.
Already in use with many law enforcement agencies across the country, The Rook protects officers in ways traditional shields and vehicles cannot.
The Rook is custom designed with mission specific attachments that increase job safety, while also improving the ease and speed of changing attachments.
For more information, view The Rook brochure.