The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 19, 2014

Joplin police acquire military vehicle

— The Joplin Police Department now has a military mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, or MRAP, as a result of the end of the Iraq War and the wind-down of the Afghanistan War.

The vehicle, with a value of $733,000, didn’t cost the department anything. Police Lt. Sloan Rowland said it was obtained through a government  program after the Texas manufacturer refurbished it.

Rowland said the vehicle isn’t something one can jump in and start driving.

“We’ve got to do a driver’s training program,” he said.

He said when it’s in operation, after radio and other equipment is installed, it will only be used in rare instances that may include situations where there is an active shooter.

 

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