Police receive new military-grade crime fighting vehicles
Ada County, Canyon County, and Post Falls Police have added a new tool for fighting crime in Idaho.
Law enforcement departments have announced that they have received a MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush protection) vehicle through the Department of Defense.
According to Chief Craig Kingsbury of the Nampa Police Department, the MRAP was awarded to the Nampa and Boise Police Departments about two weeks ago after recent war drawdowns allowed for the vehicles to be relocated for state use.
If the MRAP if purchased through the city new, it would have cost $412,000, but the only cost actually associated with the vehicle was travel costs for officers to drive to Fort Lewis, Washington to pick it up and drive it home. The cost was less than $1000.
"This vehicle will be strategic and potentially life-saving for officer response to any incident involving a possible weapon of mass destruction, explosive device, heavily armed subject, even a hazardous material situation," Deputy Chief William Bones explained. "Potentially there are a lot of uses for this vehicle from deflecting an explosive device to containing or approaching an armed subject without use of greater force. We're working with Boise Fire and other emergency response agencies throughout the Boise area to see what value this vehicle can bring to public safety. We very much appreciate the federal government for providing this vehicle to our city."
Canyon County had an armored vehicle that had been given to the department years ago, but after field testing, officers found that the original vehicle could not stop a .45 caliber bullet. The vehicle was scrapped and sold for metal.
The MRAP is equipped with life support and weapons of mass destruction detection systems. In addition, Boise Police will install rescue equipment inside the vehicle.
The vehicles will be painted and is expected to cost less than $10,000 to equip and operate the MRAP.
"This vehicle will respond to very specific high risk situations and be used for training, but this will not be a vehicle citizens see very often." said Deputy Chief Bones.