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Florida SWAT Team Receives MRAP Vehicle from Defense Department

January 09, 2014  | 

The Fort Pierce PD's new MRAP vehicle was acquired for $2,000 from the Department of Defense. (Photo: Fort Pierce PD)
The Fort Pierce PD's new MRAP vehicle was acquired for $2,000 from the Department of Defense. (Photo: Fort Pierce PD)

The Fort Pierce (Fla.) PD now has a 61,700-pound armored vehicle, which will transport SWAT officers and serve as a command center during emergencies, NBC Miami reports.

The used Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was bought for $2,000 from the defense department's Law Enforcement Support Office. A new one would have cost $700,000, the Fort Pierce Police said.

"Hopefully, we’ll never need the MRAP, but knowing that it is ready to roll is comforting," the Fort Pierce Police said on their Facebook page. "Chief Baldwin has some advice for anyone that may find themselves facing the MRAP on the wrong side of the law, 'If you see my SWAT team roll up in this thing… it’s over, so just give up.'"

Tags: Mobile Command Centers, SWAT Vehicles, Armored Rescue Vehicles, Florida


Comments (16)

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Lenny @ 1/9/2014 9:34 AM

Well that should come in handy the next time Florida police are attacked by the public with land mines. Maybe twin 50cals and a flamethrower will make them feel safe.

Bob @ VA @ 1/9/2014 11:07 AM

Some departments think these vehicles are great fun and cheap status symbols, but wait until they have to pay the POL and maintenance bills for an MRAP. It's not like you can go down to your Ford dealer for a tune up. When the military bought the MRAPs as an urgent need for Iraq, no formal support and sustainment chain was created. Therefore, there's no ready-made maintenance source for the PDs to tap. Also, they are extremely heavy and unsuitable for most secondary roads, and cannot be generally be used off of prepared surfaces. That's why most were never sent to Afghanistan. Most of these will turn out to be 60-70,000 lb paper weights after they suck up a huge chunk of department budgets.

bttbbob @ 1/9/2014 11:53 AM

The continued militarization of law enforcement. I guess we like our streets looking like downtown Beirut............And to wonder why there are tin foil hat people out there.

TheRookie @ 1/9/2014 6:25 PM

Does a central upper class beach city of 42,645 really need this? No they do not. Miami, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Hillsborough County, Orange County, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, or Tampa absolutely yes. Way out of wack on this one.

Common Sense @ 1/10/2014 5:33 AM

Dangerous situations involving armed individuals are....dangerous? Am I right? They spent 2K to be safer during, raids, search warrants, bank robberies, etc...it's not the "militarization of law enforcement", It's the "keeping you safe now so we don't have to call the military". Unreal.

Retired Chief @ 1/10/2014 6:41 AM

When the next closest, well trained, well equipped SWAT team is over 6 hours away in good weather and you have an excellent local, regional time like we do lacking ONLY an armored vehicle for scene ingress/egress, downed person rescue, and safe evacuation ...and when there is NO MONEY to purchase a LENCO Bearcat....and when because we are not in an "urban area" we are ineligible for the DHS grant that would pay for a Bearcat, then (like us) you would be extremely fortunate to pick up an MRAP in great condition from the FEPS program. We did and we are extremely fortunate. Yes there is a militarization of the police which is troublesome. But acquiring a vehicle like this that clearly contributes to officer and citizen safety IS NOT militarization. Bottom line, it comes down to the philosophy, integrity, character and adherence to the Constitution of the agency having this asset. In our case it will only be used for the right reason, not suppression of peoples' rights.

Retired Chief @ 1/10/2014 6:41 AM

When the next closest, well trained, well equipped SWAT team is over 6 hours away in good weather and you have an excellent local, regional time like we do lacking ONLY an armored vehicle for scene ingress/egress, downed person rescue, and safe evacuation ...and when there is NO MONEY to purchase a LENCO Bearcat....and when because we are not in an "urban area" we are ineligible for the DHS grant that would pay for a Bearcat, then (like us) you would be extremely fortunate to pick up an MRAP in great condition from the FEPS program. We did and we are extremely fortunate. Yes there is a militarization of the police which is troublesome. But acquiring a vehicle like this that clearly contributes to officer and citizen safety IS NOT militarization. Bottom line, it comes down to the philosophy, integrity, character and adherence to the Constitution of the agency having this asset. In our case it will only be used for the right reason, not suppression of peoples' rights.

Capt. Crunch @ 1/10/2014 3:46 PM

I like the vehicle it is better to be over powered then under powered. MRAP, gives a new meaning to the word ghetto blaster. This would be great for riots. I also would like to see how the MRAP, does on a felony vehicle chase, the LEO,would not have to worry about the suspect shooting back at him/her.

Lenny @ 1/10/2014 10:59 PM

@Retired Chief
"Bottom line, it comes down to the philosophy, integrity, character and adherence to the Constitution of the agency having this asset. In our case it will only be used for the right reason, not suppression of peoples' rights."

Good thing you were typing that, I can't imagine you could have kept a straight face saying it out loud.

Serpico @ 1/12/2014 9:41 PM

NOT militarization, anything like this or Guns in the hands of a Hitler or Stalin is MILITARIZATION! Call a Duck a Duck and spade a spade! Ah but the Southern Border is wide open? We can go to the Moon and back, but we can't stop Drug Cartels from Russia, Mexico, China, and Japan for running the streets?
The National Guard can do the job! Not a Para Military Force! Instead of Troops who are in the Middle East under false premises, doing "peace keeping" Police work. We should have them on the border, saving lives! As for Urban Warfare, the POTUS takes a two mile long motorcade, full of Armored cars/trucks. If he loves LEO's like he pretends he does. He won't mind giving 98% to Police Stations! When US Citizens are labeled "Terrorists" these IED proof MRAPs will be a weapon against We The People! Oh what's next? If people want to find OTM's just go to AZ, UT, NM and TX. People could be assets down and take them out, but that would be too easy! No LEO's involved!

Lenny @ 2/12/2014 12:04 PM

@ TheRookie

No city needs of of these

john smith @ 3/1/2014 9:46 PM

don't use them for martial law or they are dead men riding to hell.

john smith @ 3/1/2014 9:48 PM

dont be ignorant. there is strong fire power out here.

john smith @ 3/1/2014 9:48 PM

dont be ignorant. there is strong fire power out here.

john smith @ 3/1/2014 9:49 PM

blow that shit up

Mike honcho @ 8/31/2014 4:28 PM

First of all, the cops in ft pierce don't need an mrap. Second, it doesn't weigh 61,700lbs

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