Earlier this year the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office acquired a demilitarized armored vehicle for roughly $2,500 – a fraction of the original cost. The vehicle not only provides increased protection for members of the agency’s SWAT team but can also be used for other purposes.
“We acquired it through a federal surplus program,” stated Deputy Rich Aloy, spokesman for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. Thousands of such Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (M-RAP) vehicles were used by U.S. troops during the Iraq War and have since become available for law enforcement agencies.
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