The Jones County Sheriff’s Department recently took possession of an MRAP, which is an armored all-terrain vehicle initially designed for and used by various armed forces.
Three sheriff’s department employees flew to Houston and drove the vehicle back. Sheriff Butch Reece said, although he is delighted to have it, he hopes the county never needs it.
The vehicle had a price tag of $750,000 when it was new, and it was built to protect soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the vehicles are now considered surplus, and the sheriff said 15,000 of them are to be given to law enforcement through the Law Enforcement Support Office of the Defense Logistics Agency.
Reece said the MRAP would be used in Jones County primarily by the SWAT team.
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