Fond du Lac County (Wis.) Sheriff's Office will receive the nation's first Tactical Protector Vehicle (TPV) from Oshkosh Defense, to expand Fond du Lac County's law enforcement capabilities and provide greater protection to officers during high-risk situations.
The vehicle will be an asset in an area that has seen a significant increase in call-outs of the department's tactical team, such as delivering high-risk warrants to call-outs involving armed suspects, said Fond du Lac Sheriff Mylan Fink.
"Our officers are managing high risk situations that continue to grow in severity and numbers," Sheriff Fink said. "They are putting their lives on the line as they enforce the laws and protect our community, and keeping them safe is something we take very seriously. The addition of the new Oshkosh TPV to our vehicle fleet will expand our tactical capabilities and provide greater protection for our officers in these high-risk situations."
The agency is scheduled to receive its Oshkosh TPV in the spring. The vehicle protects officers with an advanced armor system that utilizes ballistic steel and glass to enclose the entire crew compartment. The Oshkosh TPV offers a level of mobility and maneuverability unmatched by other protected vehicles in this class to meet challenging situations in congested urban settings as well as off-road rural environments.
"The Oshkosh TPV is designed for the high-risk demands confronted by tactical law enforcement officers on a daily basis," said Ken Juergens, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense. "We are pleased to provide Fond du Lac County officers with the TPV, which was engineered using state-of-the-art techniques and specialized materials, to meet the needs of law enforcement."
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office's TPV will accommodate nine officers and include electrically deployed drop-down skip plates for additional officer protection. The vehicle uses a 6.8-liter, 362-horsepower V-10 gasoline engine, can reach speeds of up to 75 mph, and has selectable four-wheel drive and run-flat tires.
Oshkosh is the leading provider of severe-duty, highly specialized vehicles for military, homeland security and government agencies around the world. The Oshkosh TPV is available through Oshkosh dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Bumper-to-bumper vehicle service is available through more than 61 service centers nationwide with extensive Oshkosh vehicle experience.