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Tampa PD Gets 4x4s for Republican Convention

April 17, 2012  | 

Screenshot: Bobcat
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The city of Tampa, Fla., purchased 13 Bobcat 3400XL 4x4 utility vehicles (UTVs) for use by the Tampa Police Department during the Republican National Convention from Aug. 27-30.

Officers will use the vehicles for "crowd management, safety, and security duties" during the convention, according to city documents.

To fund the purchase, the city is using a U.S. Department of Justice grant of $150,730, and is buying the vehicles through the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) cooperative.

Tags: Alternative Patrol Vehicles, Crowd Control, Tampa PD, Grants, Bobcat

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John Jackson @ 4/17/2012 7:02 PM

This is more wasted money that the tax payers are out. If the need for this type of vehicle is needed for a week, why not just rent them, or borrow some horses.

AimFire @ 4/18/2012 5:55 AM

Borrowing "mules" is probably a good idea, if it's a one-time use vs. an ongoing but so-far-unmet need, but only idiots get on horses (or put people on horses) for a single week of patrol duty thinking they're going to go anywhere but to a hospital. The appropriate training and conditioning of both men and horses is a long term commitment with equally likely long-term worker's comp claims.

Craig Andersen @ 4/18/2012 4:28 PM

New Orleans cops use them to patrol the downtown area. They're cheaper than horses.

Mike @ 4/24/2012 6:37 AM

I have no idea what the city plans to do with them after the convention but I doubt they will sit and rot. The city can employ them somewhere afterward.

ToeCutter @ 8/16/2012 12:23 PM

47+ million dollars being spent by the sity of tampa for the RNC convention. This should have been held in DC where the District should already have this level of security in place. This is another example of the tax payer's bottomless pockets at work. Seems to me that Congress has not passed a budget since McCain/Palin lost the election. I certainly hope the same voters do not show up in Nov 2012 unless they are the ones trying to repent for the way they voted in 2008.

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