Police Department in Small City in OK Gets Armored Vehicle

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The police department in Guthrie, Oklahoma, recently purchased an armored vehicle through a military surplus program.

The Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP), which was once used in the Middle East, was purchased with $2,000 in stolen seized drug money (civil asset forfeiture, anyone?).

Some might think that’s a pretty good deal – the military pays around $730,000 for each MRAP.

Police Chief Damon Devereaux is pretty excited about the department’s new toy. He told News9 that the vehicle is going to be a useful tool:

“It’s the best way to put people in harm’s way safely. Or get them out of harm’s way.

“If we have a subject that’s in a house that’s barricaded in the house, a bad guy, we can drive this to the neighbor’s house to get them out safely we can use it to get close to the house to start communication with them.”

He told Fox25:

“This vehicle is able to go through four to five feet of water and our tactical team’s gonna use it for high risk drug warrants.”

Not everyone shares Devereaux’s enthusiasm for the newest addition to the police department’s fleet, as Rep. Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie) explains:

“A lot of taxpayers and citizens, I think, are very uncomfortable with the idea of military equipment rolling through their cities.

“Does even that minimal cost justify the need for the equipment? How many times are these pieces really going to be deployed?”

According to USA.com, the total population of Guthrie in 2010 was 10,191. The city’s crime rate is lower than the Oklahoma average crime rate and is lower than the national average crime rate.

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  • glacialhills

    Just the military pre-positioning their equipment, no small town pd would be able to afford to do the maintenance on one of these let alone buy spare parts.

  • EVERY deregistered American should have an MRAP too, to combat policy enforcer over enthusiasm to murder anyone in sight.

  • Personally, I think we should all have surplus Abrams tanks – I’m not sure how I’ll pay for the fuel. I’m old enough to remember when many small towns had their own pieces of artillery situated the around town hall.


    How close is the FEMA camp?

  • hp b

    It’s “mine resistant” just like your bathroom caulk is “mold resistant.” How’s that working out?

  • Facts101

    The bad guys to them are “Patriots” and since we don’t follow their un just laws. They used terms as drug king pins and high risk warrants.

  • joshuasweet

    under those contracts a bid can buy surplus lots, any military contract that has ended is open to auctions from the various branches of the military to police departments, farmers, truckers from Hum-v to. plates

  • crazy2medic

    EFP, look it up

  • ThePurpleCrab

    It can be a float in a New Years parade.

  • Roscoe

    The chief is full of SHIT.