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Joplin Police obtain military vehicle for crisis situations

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Story on August 25, 2014: President Obama has called for a review of federal programs that supply military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

Joplin's Police Department  has acquired several items through the years including a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP).

Some believe military style equipment used against America citizens is unnecessary in most cases including in Ferguson, Missouri.

Joplin's P.D. has also acquired a robot, gear bags, 2 Humvees, and computer laptops.

“We understand the perception that some have,” said Joplin Police Lt. Matt Stewart


Stewart says all items are used to protect citizens and the police department.

“For example during the Baxter Springs tornado we were able to use our Humvees, and drive around without getting a flat tire or running over that debris," said Stewart.

The program has distributed $4.3 billion worth of equipment since 1997, nearly a half-a-billion dollars in military equipment has been distributed to municipal police departments last year.


Published April 9, 2014: The Joplin Police Department has added a new vehicle to it's fleet, it's high tech military mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, or a MRAP.

"It kinds of fills a void we don't have on the street right now," said Swat Team Commander Lt. Sloan Rowland.

The specialized vehicle is designed to withstand IED explosives, small arms fire and can fit up to 12 officers at a time.

"It's quite a bit different, and quite a bit more protection to the officers," said Rowland.

The department was able to obtain the vehicle through a demilitarization program.

"We were able to obtain this vehicle through the Department of Defense and the total cost was $733,000, however there was no cost to us," said Lt. Matt Stewart.

The Joplin Police Department's only out of pocket expense was to pick up the vehicle from Texas. The department will also be responsible for the maintenance.

"It gives us a unique capability to rescue individuals, active shooting events, crisis situations we normally deploy on," said Rowland.

In the past 10 years an armored vehicle was used by JPD more than 20 times.

"We are preparing for the worst, and we do have this available not only for our immediate community but well also make sure its available for our region," said Stewart.

MRAP vehicles were designed and used in Iraq and Afghanistan to move military personnel from point to point during their mission.







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