Local police departments now buying massive armored battle vehicles
by: J. D. Heyes
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The militarization of police departments around the nation continues, as evidenced by the purchase of a massive, military-grade armored vehicle by an agency in Florida.
According to the local NBC affiliate, police in Fort Pierce “are now armed with a U.S. military surplus battle wagon: a six wheel, 30-ton armored vehicle worth $700,000 – that the agency got for $2,000.”
“If you see my SWAT team roll up in this, it’s over, so just give up,” Police Chief Sam Baldwin said sardonically.
He did go on to say that he really hopes to make sure that the mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle is never used. But, if it must be, he says it will be utilized to transport the SWAT team to the scene and for a mobile command and rescue vehicle.
The local NBC affiliate further reported that:
Officer Keith Holmes got the vehicle in October through the auspices of the National Defense Authorization Act. That allows the military to transfer excess military vehicles to law enforcement agencies. The city got a little-used model with 5,000 miles on it.
Just how often are police under fire?