The sweep of law enforcement agencies around the country acquiring military equipment via the Department of Defense’s 1033 program has continued in Mississippi.
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey recently told MississippiWatchdog.org that his department had applied for a surplus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, like several other local U.S. law enforcement agencies.
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“I know an MRAP is overkill for public law enforcement, but I know that I don’t have to worry about anything in Rankin County penetrating it,” Bailey told MississippiWatchdog.org.
DeSoto County in north Mississippi was the first in the state to receive one. DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco said the acquisition of the MRAP was a months-long process with the Defense Logistics Agency’s Law Enforcement Support Office. The office is the conduit by which law enforcement agencies can acquire surplus military equipment such as weapons, vehicles and even aircraft at little or no cost.
DeSoto was lucky enough to acquire a Navistar Defense MaxxPro.
“We felt like this was a good way to get a vehicle of this caliber that’d benefit our department,” Rasco told MississippiWatchdog.org. “Whatever we can do to protect our men, that’s what we’re going to do.”
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