BCPD receives grant for new tactical robot

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The Bossier City Police Department has been awarded an equipment grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

The grant comes in the form of a Robotex AVATAR II tactical robot valued at $25,980. The Bossier City Police Department will utilize the robot in a variety of emergency response situations including building search operations for armed suspects,  scene assessment and monitoring of hazardous material spills among other incidents.

The robot allows emergency responders to conduct such operations at a safe distance while putting the robot through its paces via wireless remote control. Features include its ability for a quick, easy deployment, mobility to navigate various terrain (stairs, sand, clothing grass, etc.), two way audio communication, and an onboard camera with video recording capability.

Firehouse Subs franchisees Greg and Jennifer Burke along with Firehouse Subs Area Representative Jim Maxwell were joined  by Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, and other Bossier City Police Department personnel at the dedication ceremony, which included a demonstration of the Avatar II.

Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $18 million to hometown heroes in 45 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $168,000 in Louisiana.

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune