Johnson County MRAP
The Johnson County Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (Photo: Mitchell Schmidt/Iowa City Press-Citizen )

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Receives MRAP Via Military Surplus Program

Johnson County law enforcement receive Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle valued at $773,000 through 1033 surplus program.

Law enforcement agencies around the country are taking advantage of military surplus programs that bring in used wartime equipment to better supply their local departments.

The Iowa-based Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is the newest name on that list of local agencies.

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Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that his sheriff’s office was the recent recipient of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, “which bears a stamp indicating military service in Kuwait.”

The MRAP, attained through the Law Enforcement Support Office 1033 surplus program, has a value of $773,000, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Local officials with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Department and police departments in Iowa City, Coralville, University of Iowa and North Liberty pooled $3,500 to ship the MRAP from Texas and another $5,000 to paint it, Pulkrabek said, adding that those non-taxpayer funds came from local drug forfeiture money.

For local, tactical purposes, MRAPs, like the one received in Johnson County, are usually used in extreme circumstances.

“It’s a tool in the toolbox that we hope we never use,” Pulkrabek told the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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