Armored Vehicles Joining Police Fleets

October 07, 2013

In the past month, police departments have been adding armored vehicles to their fleets. These are surplus vehicles from the military, usually obtained at little to no cost to the police departments, but the fleet additions often create discussion about the militarization of police departments.

The Madison (Ind.) Police Department in September added a mine-resistant ambush protection vehicle (MRAP) to its fleet, although it expected something similar to an armored Hummer, the Madison Courier reported. The City plans to keep the no-cost vehicle at the City garage until it is needed.

Ohio State University also added a no-cost armored military vehicle to its fleet in September. The Daily Caller reported the vehicle is a replacement for a police vehicle that will function as an all-hazard, all-purpose response vehicle.

The Yuma Police Department in Arizona unveiled its own no-cost, borrowed MRAP on Oct. 3, the Yuma Sun reported. It will be used by the Special Enforcement Team for high-risk operations.

The Eureka (Calif.) Police Department acquired an MRAP in order to respond to possible active shooter and hostage scenarios, the Eureka Times-Standard stated. Eureka Police Chief Murl Harpham told the newspaper that the Department of Defense wanted to offload 200 MRAPs and received requests from 800 police agencies.


  1. 1. Dan McCann [ October 11, 2013 @ 10:12AM ]

    Surplus equipment may be "no cost" to the agency --but keeping them running is another story and potentially a money pit which doesn't compute into a good value when considering the minimal amount of time they are actually used.

  2. 2. robert [ October 26, 2013 @ 07:58PM ]

    This is obamas secret police prepping for action slow and stead y so the public won't raise an eyebrow


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