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Spokane County Sheriff's Office Gets Military MRAP Vehicle

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they're as prepared as ever for an active shooter or rescue situation after receiving a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle in the late spring. 

They received it free of charge as part of the federal government's 10-33 military surplus program, which gives military grade equipment to law enforcement around the country. While many have critiqued the program and the militarization of police, the Sheriff's Office said they believe it is a tool, not a weapon.

“It will not be out on the roads,” Deputy Mark Gregory said. “It will literally be used for rescue situations.” 

The Sheriff's Office says they've received military surplus for years, but this is by far the largest vehicle. They're hoping it will be effective as a mobile safe zone, to transport deputies or even hostage negotiators into a scene, or to move victims and hostages out.

“We don't have to find a wall to hide behind,” Deputy Gregory said. “This is mobile and goes where you need it to go.”

So far, the vehicle has only been used for training.
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