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Should Local Law Enforcement Have War Vehicles? Here’s the Most Recent Case Out of Utah

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Utah law enforcement officers now have wartime equipment at their disposal.

The Taylorsville, Utah, Highway Patrol recently acquired a new mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) armored vehicle from the Department of Defense. The 14-ton machines were designed to survive land mine threats and withstand improvised explosive device (IED) attacks. Now the highway patrol crew envisions driving them “right through the middle of a gunfight.”

The DoD 1033 is managed through the Defense Logistics Agency’s Law Enforcement Support Office, and under federal law allows surplus military equipment to be handed over to state and local civilian law enforcement agencies for use in counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations, or to enhance officer safety.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Lepley appreciated the size advantage the huge vehicles offer. “Obviously, it is intimidating,” Lepley said, “but that isn’t its primary purpose. It’s saving lives. I can drive this right through the middle of a gunfight.”

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      The most likely responce to the police forces obtaining and utilizing armored vehicles, as I see it, will be, those who will have these armored war machines used against them, will obtain that which will destroy these vehicles. Such as fabricated and modified RPG’s, IED’s, and that which will destroy the occupants of these vehicles. Such as firebombs…
      I think, once put to the task, Americans, as opposed to US citizens, will find that neutralizing these war machines, will be quite easy…

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