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Military Style Vehicles Gain Traction With Law Enforcement

Posted: July 7, 2014 at 6 a.m.

Staff Photo Tracy M. Neal The Benton County Sheriff’s Office bought this Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, commonly known as an MRAP, for $5,000 at a military surplus sale. This version is a Caiman, manufactured by BAE Systems. It’s been in production since 2007.

BENTONVILLE -- Thomas See doesn't expect to deal with improvised explosive devices, missile fire or a terrorist group at his job. He does believe, though, an armored vehicle could be a life-saving tool in some situations.

At A Glance

No MRAPs

Law enforcement agencies in Washington County haven’t bought any Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. The Springdale Police Department has not purchased any such vehicles, Lt. Derek Hudson said. The Fayetteville Police Department does not plan to buy an MRAP, Sgt. Craig Stout said.

Source: Staff Report

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