Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Police Armored Vehicles

Many people have expressed concern that police agencies are buying or obtaining armored vehicles.  Police agencies have had armored cars since at least the early 1930's. We are seeing more now only because the US Army has declared many of their wheeled armored cars as surplus after the Iraq war and agencies get them for free or low cost. 

The M113 tracked armored vehicle is also Army surplus, the Bradley series has replaced these. There are good reasons for police to have them. If you need them you can't wait three hours for them to show up from three counties away. 

 They are great for dealing with snipers, active shooters, people holed up in a house shooting. Those type of incidents happen frequently and so a small agency having one or a large agency having three or four is not a big deal.  There is nothing sinister in police having armored vehicles; that's what the SGT Says.

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