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Superior PD's New Bulletproof Truck

Updated: 05/13/2014 11:14 PM
Created: 05/13/2014 4:21 PM WDIO.com

It's not every day that the Superior Police department gets a $733,000 vehicle to use, basically, for free.

But last Monday, they received their MRAP, which stands for Mine Resistant Ambush Protection vehicle. The armored truck is on loan, for free, from the federal government.

"It was shipped out of Texas. It's been in Kuwait. When the military no longer needs this equipment, it's available for law enforcement," explained Sgt. Tom Champaigne. "21 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin have or are getting one."

The reason isn't intimidation. It's about protection. The MRAP weighs 47,000 pounds, and was built to withstand the rigors of war, like IED blasts and bullets.

Sgt. Champaigne said it will be rolled out during high-risk situations, like active shooter or stand-offs. "We can move it so it can protect our officers, or neighbors, if someone is shooting towards the public."

St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman said they also have an armored truck like that.

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