16APR2014: Government donates $793K mine-resistant vehicle to MCPD


Editorial comment: As we have seen in the past few years, more police and sheriff departments are taking hand outs from the government to wreck America as the police departments and Sheriffs across this nation are taking handouts for a so-called  ‘war from within’ concept to go along with their para-military training…  

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(TheNewsDispatch) – MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Police Department recently added a new piece of equipment to its fleet – a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.

Valued at $793,000, the MRAP was donated to the MCPD from the United States military through the 1033 Federal Surplus Program, which has distributed hundreds of surplus military vehicles to law enforcement agencies across the country.

Receiving this vehicle at no cost to the city, the department was only responsible for retrieving the MRAP from Sealy, Texas. Six spare tires for the MRAP, valued at $5,000 each, were included in the contribution from the U.S. military.

As for the vehicle maintenance and upkeep, MCPD Chief of Services Royce Williams said it is no different from the other city-owned vehicles, indicating it only requires basic check-ups.
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“The body of the MRAP was built in 2012, but the engine, chassis and tires are all brand new so there should be very minimal upkeep for this vehicle,” he said.

Built to withstand heavy gunfire and blasts from explosive devices, the bullet-proof and fire-proof vehicle may seem over-the-top for a city such as Michigan City. But the MCPD is happy to have access to such a heavy-duty piece of equipment.

“Our community should be grateful to have a tool such as the MRAP at their disposal if needed,” Williams said. “If this piece of tactical equipment saves just one life, it will have been worth it, and that’s the bottom line.”

The MCPD will utilize the MRAP in several capacities including training, incident command, active shooting events and high risk warrant services, Williams said.

There are several scenarios in which the police department could justify the use of the MRAP, according to Williams. For example, encountering a barricaded or suicidal person with deadly weapons, transporting a negotiator closer to the scene during a hostage stand-off, or serving warrants to suspects known to have weapons and the criminal capacity to use them, he said.

Williams also said the vehicle can be deployed in severe weather or used as incident command during volatile situations. The MRAP also can be used to extract innocent civilians from active shooter situations at schools or businesses.

With two seats in the cab and eight additional seats in the rear compartment, the MRAP can comfortably seat 10 adults. However, the vehicle can hold approximately 20 children if needed in an emergency situation, Williams said.
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Considering the miles of sandy lakefront and dunes within Michigan City, the MRAP also could serve another potentially life-saving purpose. The vehicle’s six tires, each measuring approximately three-and-a-half feet in diameter, have the capability of deflating in seconds, allowing the MRAP to easily travel over sand.

This is done without damaging the tires as they can be re-inflated in approximately 15 minutes.

Although several officers on the Michigan City Police Department have experience with military vehicles, only one officer on the force is currently certified to drive the MRAP – Officer Mike Petrie.

He has been deployed to Baghdad, Iraq twice while serving more than four years with the United States Army. Petrie served as a mechanic during that time, experiencing a variety of military-issue vehicles.

“All military vehicles are pretty much the same as far as the internal cockpit,” he said, adding there are a variety of different MRAP models, but he is familiar with the model received by the department.

Although he is excited to have the MRAP in Michigan City, Petrie said he hopes the city is never faced with a situation that would require using it.

As a certified MRAP driver, Petrie will be involved in the process to get some of his fellow MCPD officers qualified to operate the force’s new vehicle. The department plans to construct a training course, based on the program used by the U.S. Army, to train two officers per shift to drive the MRAP.

Petrie said what makes driving the 40,000-pound vehicle so difficult are the number of blind spots. As a bullet-proof, mine resistant vehicle, windows on the MRAP are at a minimum, making it difficult to see the surrounding environment.

The MRAP stands more than 11 feet high and can travel up to 65 mph. One feature of the MRAP, which is necessary for a vehicle so tall, is a gauge indicating whether or not the vehicle is tilting – helping the driver prevent it from tipping over while traveling.

Having the MRAP for only two weeks so far, the department plans to customize the vehicle in the future. Plans include stripping the inside of everything military-specific that is not needed by the police. Lights and a radio will be added to the MRAP in addition to a new paint job.

Read More: http://thenewsdispatch.com/articles/2014/04/15/news/local/doc5348a4e78ae00329830892.txt

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