Local Agencies Receive Discounted Armored Vehicles

Published 05/21 2014 06:25PM

Updated 05/21 2014 07:06PM

Some local law enforcement agencies are taking big steps to cut down on crime using military surplus vehicles.
Two massive mine resistant ambush protected vehicles stood on display outside the State Capitol Wednesday. Despite some criticism regarding militarizing law enforcement, officers with the agencies receiving these armored vehicles said the machines are tactical tools to keep officers safe.

"They no longer have to step in the line of fire or in harm's way. They can assess a situation from inside this vehicle and determine what action comes next," said Major Lafayette Woods, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

  The machines are valued at about $735,000, but the agencies received them through the federal military surplus program for about $7,000. Agencies had to apply to receive the vehicles through the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

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