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The Napa County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of an armored tactical vehicle on Tuesday, providing an added resource for the county’s sheriff’s department.

The vehicle, which will be used by the sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics team in high-risk situations, will cost the county $165,504.

In defense of the high cost, Napa County Sheriff Doug Koford said the vehicle was “essential” to providing the best possible public safety for the people of Napa County.

The county’s current armored vehicle, which was received through army surplus in 2000, has been plagued by breakdowns and repairs that have required a significant amount of time and money from sheriff’s department staff.
Koford said the new vehicle will be used primarily in situations involving gunfire, but can also be assigned to or put on standby when dignitaries visit the county.

The funds used to purchase the vehicle will be coming from the Rural and Small County Local Enforcement Assistance Program, which the county receives from the state to cover law enforcement expenses that otherwise would not be met.

Source: James Noonan for Napa Valley Register.

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