Mohave County Sheriff to return mine resistant armored patrol vehicle

Mine resistant armored patrol vehicle acquired by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Mohave County, Arizona, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, St. George News

MOHAVE COUNTY, Arizona — Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe announced Monday that he will return the armored vehicle known as a mine-resistant, armored-protective vehicle, or MRAP, which recently became a point of controversy for the Sheriff’s Office in Arizona.

The MRAP which was originally requested through the Military 1033 program more than two years ago was not received, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Patricia Carter said. Instead, in its place, the much larger unit was received.

McCabe said he had originally anticipated the vehicle could be used for rescue and other life-saving operations, including extracting victims and/or wounded officers in active-shooter situations that can occur at schools, the workplace, and other public gatherings, and added that the MRAP may also be useful in standoff situations or even rescues in natural disasters.

However, the vehicle was never put into use due to its size, Carter said, so McCabe requested the vehicle be exchanged for the smaller unit that was originally requested.

“The Sheriff was recently advised the likelihood of that happening was slim to none,” she said. “Therefore, the unit will be returned to the military.”

Still believing that an armored car is a viable piece of equipment, the Sheriff’s Office will research acquiring a civilian-made armored car, Carter said.

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  • Roy J December 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Uh huh duh! XD

  • Koolaid December 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    St George had better hurry to snap this baby up for its Dance Buster Squad. It would also look nice in parades and think of the fun kids could have shopping with cops.

  • Robb Willie December 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    No, no, keep it. Next time Bundy or someone like him gets all that, you can lend it to the brown shirted fascists with the BLM.

    • IN THE GAME December 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Bundy is nothing more than a fraud. And still there are misguided folks who think he’s the cats meow. Freeloaders like Cliven should be held accountable for their actions. I admit that the BLM took the wrong approach to correct the problem, but Cliven should have been honest in his business dealings like those competing with him in the cattle business.

      • Robb Willie December 23, 2014 at 9:58 am

        Bundy is not the problem. Out of control government thugs, and enablers like you, are the problem. Big of you to admit that the BLM holds a tiny amount of blame. I assume you’re OK with law enforcement having a tank. Lefties all think they are so cutting edge and brave, but they’re all government suck ups.

        • Bender December 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm

          You go ROBB WILLIE! Lefties are the new boogie man. Now that you got yerself a hillbilly PhD by listening to AM hate radio keep spreadin’ the word.

        • Joe Smith December 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

          Typical hillbilly reasoning, such as we see with Mr. Robb Willie :”Don’t want no big gubmunt! Now where’s my big gubmunt welfare check?”

        • Koolaid December 24, 2014 at 1:36 am

          What koolaid have you been drinking to believe that nonsense? Warning: Avoid the Robb Willie kool-aid.

          • Robb Willie December 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

            Well, the three wettest of the bed wetting set have denounced me. AWESOME! I rest my case.

  • Evil twins mommy December 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    All I could do was laugh when they first got this so called law enforcement tool.. Never know when the Taliban will sneak out here and plant landmines

    • IN THE GAME December 22, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Well Mommy, I’ll bet you won’t be laughing if you’re the one having your a$$ handed to you during a very bad situation and nobody can safely get to you to help. It’s just a tool and hopefully it will never be needed, but if it does all of you nay sayers will have to eat crow. p.s. it’s generally people like you that have everything bad to say about the police, but are always the first one’s to call them when you feel threatened or violated.

  • me December 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Level heads prevail. Good decision.

  • Dave Rabbitt December 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    It would be better to auction this off and use the money to buy the armored car. …What a waste of potential revenue.

    • Evil twins mommy December 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      LOL no kidding maybe they could get a couple of grenade launchers

  • IN THE GAME December 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Mr. Rabbitt, The program provides items for loan. it still belongs to the military, so selling it would not be an option.

  • Joe Smith December 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Well, if they send it back how are they going to protect the guns when Obama comes to take them???

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