As pretty much everyone knows by now the federal government has been giving out MRAPs like toys on Christmas. Now the reason i am starting this
thread is I wanted to make a list of all the reasons myself and others could find that they give for having these war machines. If you want to know
more about this program just search MRAP giveaway in any search engine and you will find pages of articles, such as this one close to where i live.
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receives armored vehicle
I still cant see any reason that a police department would ever need this, unless of course their city or county is riddled with IEDs. I worked on
and drove these machines, they are good for what they were designed for and that is about it.
The police department in my town with a population of roughly 6,000 recently got one and me knowing most of the cops around here started asking them
why. O and dont let me forget we only have 2 patrol officers on duty at any given time, unless there is a festival or special event.
If you want to list a reason make sure it is either directly from a cop or quoted from a cop in an article. First list the reason they give, then a
short rebuttal if you would like, and the size or population of your town if you dont mind. Try to steer away from making things up or giving reasons
they "might" say. The fun part of this is seeing how they justify it.
Here is what I have gotten so far...
1. Hostage situations - because they happen so often here and if it ever did you still have to get out of the truck at some point.
2. School Bomb Threats - awesome if you plan on driving this into the school to find a bomb, again you have to get out at some point.
this is one my favorites...
3. Serving Warrants - Seriously!?! Who are you serving warrants to? Al Qaeda? If the guys your serving warrants to have set IEDs you probably
shouldnt drive in there.
4. Emergencies during Storms (Floods/Tornados) - So you want to take a top heavy vehicle out in 70-100mph winds? good luck with that. and again
getting out of the truck is required eventually.
I mean seriously anything other than doing convoys or combat ops is pretty much wasted on this vehicle. Think about it, the US military doesnt throw
anything away unless it is not cost effective to do maintenance to have for future use. Trust me i have been in the warehouses full of everything you
can imagine. So lets see if we can come up with any GOOD reasons, I would love to hear one.