Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Spokeswoman Carmen Castro said that the MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle “light armored” will be “an efficient way to ensure that deputies are prepared if and when a dangerous situation arises.” That’s right, just like the Department of Homeland Security did earlier this year, the Dallas County Sheriffs Department has now bought themselves what are essentially urban tanks
“It’s acquisition is a great way to put a special tactical vehicle to use on domestic ground,” Castro said.
Dallas County sheriff’s deputies picked up the vehicles from Fort Hood earlier this September, according to the Dallas Observer. “The vehicle was obtained at no cost to tax payers,” Castro argued. Perhaps the police should have nuclear weapons as well… as long as they don’t cost tax-payers anything.
According to the Navistar website, “The International® MaxxPro is Navistar Defence’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle” again, essentially an “urban tank” that “incorporates the latest design in armoring technology… Extensively tested by the military and used in theater today, the MaxxPro features a V-shaped hull and other design features that greatly improve survivability.”
The company’s description continues, saying “The MaxxPro MRAP is built to withstand ballistic arms fire, mine blasts, IEDs, and other emerging threats. Its V-shaped hull helps deflect blasts out and away from the crew and its armoring can be customized to meet any mission requirement.”
“With so much protection, it’s the vehicle that every crew wants when they’re out in the field,” the site adds. Apparently they are right. Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security added 2,700 of these vehicles along with their billions of rounds of ammunition.
According to the Dallas Observer, the police department obtained $600,000 vehicle with 10,000 miles on them from the Department of Defense, who it would seem realizes their 2,700 vehicles purchased serve no functional purpose. But these vehicles were designed to be driven in a war zone. Do they police anticipate improvised explosives being set for their vehicles in the foreseeable future? If so, perhaps they should share this information with the public.
“Having a tactical vehicle will not only provide warrants execution with the equipment to assist in performing their jobs but will provide an overall safety arch,” Suell explained to commissioners. “Warrant executions”? What type of warrants do they expect to execute?
Watch the MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle in action… coming to a neighborhood near you. SPREAD THE WORD if you want people to know that the police in Dallas seem to be preparing for WAR.