KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - The Kingman Police Department has an armored vehicle that it obtained as military surplus and plans to use to transport officers and other people in dangerous situations.
City Council members were shown the vehicle Tuesday.
The northwestern Arizona city is one of the latest communities across the country to obtain one of the mine-resistant wheeled vehicle from the military.
The acquisition comes amid increasing debate over equipping police departments with military equipment, and Kingman Police Chief Robert DeVries says he understands those concerns.
DeVries says the vehicle will help officers safely enter dangerous environments and also help rescue endangered residents.
The Kingman Daily Miner (http://bit.ly/1xgSzHT ) reports that the vehicle was obtained nearly for free and that drug-seizure assets paid for shipping from Texas and modifying for law enforcement work.
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