Stephen Rex Brown — NY Daily News Jan 8, 2014
The Fort Pierce Police Department is ready for war.
The Florida city of 42,000 now boasts a six-wheel, 61,700-pound armored vehicle to transport SWAT teams.
Local police bought the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle — or MRAP — from the Department of Defense for a paltry $2,000.
According to the Fort Pierce P.D., the near-indestructible vehicle is worth a whopping $700,000.
“If you see my SWAT team roll up in this thing … it’s over, so just give up,” said Chief R. Sean Baldwin in a release.
Even better: The ride only has 5,000 miles on it — and got a new paintjob for free.
The police department was able to purchase the armored vehicle through the 1997 National Defense Authorization Act, which passes excess military supplies to U.S. law enforcement.
More than $4.2 billion worth of property has been transferred to law enforcement since the program’s inception.
WPTV in Florida reported that in 2009 the city got, for free, a SWAT van equipped with a ramp on the roof for storming second- and third-story buildings.
Also see: The militarization of U.S. police forces