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S.C. Sheriff's Department Armored Vehicle with Belt-Fed Machine Gun

March 06, 2008  | 

The Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff's Department has acquired an armored personnel carrier complete with a turret-mounted .50-caliber belt-fed machine gun for its Special Response Team.

Sheriff Leon Lott told the Columbia State newspaper that he hoped the vehicle, named "The Peacemaker," would let the bad guys know that his officers are serious.

"We don't look at this as a killing machine," Lott told the paper. "It's going to keep the peace. We hope the fact that we have this is going to save lives. When something like this rolls up, it's time to give up."

The Peacemaker has a top speed of 30 mph.

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hoovis @ 9/1/2008 3:09 AM

I'm not a member of law enforcement, but a gun enthusiast who frequently checks out the site for its firearms related content (which I think is very good). Anyway, I felt compelled to comment on this article, simply because I don't see any good reason why a police department servicing civilians needs to have an APC in its arsenal. I can really seen no legitimate use for such hardware that wouldn't warrant a call to the National Guard. In what situation would a county police department need to use an APC (complete with a .50 cal machine gun)? For those concerned about the militarization of civilian police forces and the bad things that happen as a result of the use of excess force during (what should be) routine police work, this is disturbing. Thanks - Burt Hoovis

allanonmage @ 12/5/2011 1:48 PM

There is no reason for a Police department to have an M2 machine gun. If there is that much firepower needed the cops need to call in the military, probably the USMC!! .50 cal isn't meant for use against people, its meant for use against vehicles.

johnqpublic @ 11/22/2017 12:10 PM

Having a GAU available for each dept in the US would be great, especially at the borders, if we could mount a second in an Apache for each dept as well. Failing that though, why not just be realistic, and pass out FalFN 17cal to each officer, or M4A1 with full auto capability. I'd bet the incidence of DWI/DUI and assaults would drop quickly after a few dozen onsite terminations of problem and repeat offenders. Kinda like Hanoi...

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