DAVIS (CBS SF) – A heavy-duty truck designed to protect our fighting forces in Iraq and Afghanistan is now in the hands of the Davis Police Department.

The newest crime-fighting tool for the college town of about 65,000 is a mine-resistant, ambush-protected armored vehicle. The MRAP was developed by the military for the war. After Pentagon budget cuts, the vehicle has been making its way to local law enforcement.

What would Davis Police need with a vehicle like that?

“The vehicle will be used specifically by our SWAT team,” Lt Thomas Waltz told CBS Sacramento. “God forbid we have to use it, but we work in an industry where we prepare for the worst.”

Police received the $700,000, bulletproof vehicle from a military surplus property program for free. Read more here on the community reaction from our sister station, KOVR.




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