An armored transport truck that has eight gun ports, a turret and can withstand attack from 7.62mm bullets been patrolling through neighborhoods.
The truck seats about a dozen officers, has 80-pound doors, four-wheel drive and a winch that can rip a steel door off a house.
Flint police Lt. Phil Smith, who heads the city’s special operations unit said, “You can’t take it out without people looking at you, The city has been looking at armored vehicles for about a year and decided to try one out for a couple of months at no cost”
• Weight: 18,000 pounds• Length: 21 feet, 6 inches• Wheelbase: 140 inches• Slogan: “The bad boys don’t have a chance!”Don’t forget about everyone’s favorite MRAP‘s, your local department just has to fill out a pesky form to get one of these bad boys.
Oh, did I forget to mention the surrounding department has a Humvee.Thanks to the military’s 1033 surplus program, which allows public safety agencies to acquire the vehicles at no cost.
We have to ask ourselves, is this militarization of the police acceptable? Is the police’s job the same as the military now? They are basically stream lining operations.