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MRAP arrives | Preston Citizen

MRAP arrives

September 25, 2013
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By Chief KEN GEDDES 

Preston Police Department

The Preston Police Department acquired a Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Personnel Carrier (MRAP) from the United States Army within the past week. The military has chosen to make equipment available to law enforcement agencies to increase domestic security in our country.

MRAP’s are armored fighting vehicles designed for the purpose of surviving attacks and ambushes, including mines explosions.

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Preston Police department applied for the vehicle in early spring of this year. The Preston City Council considered the proposal and possible benefits to our city and the surrounding communities and approved the acquisition. The vehicle comes at no cost to Preston City. It is a 2007 model with very low mileage.

Preston Police Chief Ken Geddes stands next to the armored vehicle the department acquired recently. The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Personal Carrier was a training vehicle used by the U.S. Army and did not cost local taxpayers any money.

Preston Police Chief Ken Geddes stands next to the armored vehicle the department acquired recently. The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Personal Carrier was a training vehicle used by the U.S. Army and did not cost local taxpayers any money.

“What are we going to do with that?”A lot of people first comment. Others might say, “Are things that bad in Preston that we need that?” I hope not, too. It is not manufactured with our needs in mind, but I am so grateful to have it to protect our officers and people in our area. The military is dispersing equipment while it is still functional rather than putting it in mothballs and never to be used again.

Preparing for and increasing our capabilities doesn’t make bad things happen.

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