AZ Sheriff Returns Armored Vehicle: Wrong Size


The Mohave County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Department plans to return a Mine Resistant Armored Patrol Vehicle because it’s “much larger” than the one originally requested, reports the Arizona Republic. Mohave County originally requested an armored patrol vehicle in 2012 under the so-called 1033 program, which transfers new and used military equipment to state and local police free of charge.

The agency said it acquired its vehicle for use in “extracting victims and/or wounded officers from active shooter situations” and “rescues in natural disasters.” Instead, it sat gathering dust. The county says the armored vehicle it received was too big, so officials are returning it to the military. Sheriff Jim McCabe requested a smaller version of the vehicle, but “was recently advised the likelihood of that happening was slim to none,” according to a news release. Over the past 25 years, Arizona law-enforcement agencies have received 1,034 guns, 64 armored vehicles and 17 helicopters, according to the ACLU.

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