Thursday, September 18, 2014

Armored Cars

EPD Armored Car.JPG

If agencies want them and choose to spend the money to equip them and train the operators, I think agencies should have armored cars.  Police have used armored cars since at least the 1930's in the United States, so they are nothing new to American policing.

Armored cars are useful to retrieve wounded people from the line of fire from an armed suspect.  It also can allow a close and save approach to a building where an armed suspect is waiting, keeping officers safe as they traverse the kill zone.

Some people are concerned about the so called "militarization" of the police.  In view of this concern, police armored cars should be painted in the same livery as their other police vehicles.  They should not be camouflaged, or all black; these patterns serve no police purpose.  The markings should be the same as other police vehicles, with the words POLICE and the agency name in large letters on all four sides and top.  Machine guns should not be mounted on the vehicles, they are rarely needed for police operations; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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