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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on September 29th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

MRAPs Coming To A Police Department Near You

I cannot imagine why a police department would really need an MRAP?  The Chicago gangs are not laying out IEDs in neighborhoods yet are they?

 

Free to a good home in a bad neighborhood: pre-owned, carefully maintained, never-blown-to-smithereens Mine Resistant Ambush Protected truck.

As the Pentagon withdraws from Afghanistan and vows never to get involved in any long, deadly wars of occupation, it has a few thousand armored vehicles to spare. So it’s been giving them away to local police departments — 75 of them since August, according to the Defense Logistics Agency.

MRAPs did their job saving the lives of thousands of troops from roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, they’ll be hitting the mean streets of Columbus, Ohio, where campus police at The Ohio State University can presumably bust beer bashes with the behemoths. Cops in Madison, Wis., another Big Ten party town, can presumably do the same with theirs.

They’re free. Mostly. Which is a pretty good deal considering a fully tricked-out MRAP with bomb-signal jammers, radios and a .50-caliber machine gun in the turret can run about $1 million.

But like buying a new car, there’s a destination charge involved, according to Mimi Schirmacher, a spokeswoman for the Defense Logistics Agency. If local police or state government pay shipping costs and justify the need, DLA is happy to put them behind the wheel of a 37,000-pound MaxxPro from Navistar.

Those needs include “active-shooter incidents, SWAT, and drug interdiction,” according to Schirmacher.  [Stars and Stripes]

 

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  • tom langley
    8:31 pm on September 29th, 2013 1

    It’s good for the military to be able to get rid of the vehicles that are no longer needed but why a civilian police dept would need one is beyond me. I remember that in LA there was an incident a number of years ago where two bank robbers with AK-47′s with drum magazines had a big shoot out with the police but situations like this are few & far between. The fuel mileage on the MRAP’s has to be horrible & I would think that routine maintenance cost would be horrible also. I know that in the past surplus M-113′s have been transferred to civilian police dept’s. I am not comfortable with the militarization that many civilian police departments are doing.

  • Aaron
    8:47 pm on September 29th, 2013 2

    Radley Balko – author of “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America” – just so happens to have a new book out on this very subject. It’s worth a look: http://amzn.to/1bka4ZG

  • 2ID Doc
    5:31 am on September 30th, 2013 3

    The former chief of a tiny (Pop.1000) town in MO is now a laughingstock. He made arrangements to have a used Humvee delivered to the Police Dept. His reasoning was they may need it for “offroad” incidents in a rural community filled with farms, tractors, & a lot of 4 wheel drive trucks & jeeps. After having it repainted to resemble the patrol cars, and he found out what maintenance will cost for it, it is sitting behind the police station. According to a friend who is on the board of trustees for the fire dept. & retired Army reserve the police are quietly trying to get rid of it. The Fire Dept & EMS service have both refused it so far. I wonder if the guy hadn’t retired if he would have written up a grant request to get an MRAP as well.

  • Bob
    6:08 am on September 30th, 2013 4

    #3,

    Yup, people think that military vehicles are the best-designed and built, but fact is they need an awful lot of maintenance (planned obsolescence, no doubt). We’d have a few spare parts in our vehicles because we had learned the hard way which easy-to-replace ones would fail frequently.

  • redwhitedude
    7:06 pm on September 30th, 2013 5

    Government waste $1 million to build them and they are giving it away for free? Why don’t they sell them to other governments?

 

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