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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