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The St. Mary’s County Commissioners have approved the purchase of a more-than-quarter-of-a-million-dollar tactical armored vehicle for the sheriff’s department’s emergency services team. The $266,000 purchase will come from the account that has built up over time from federal and local forfeitures, largely money and property seized from drug dealers. No tax money would be used.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron made the request Tuesday morning to the commissioners. He was accompanied by a member of the emergency services team whose face was hidden by the county’s videographer on the live broadcast of the meeting on Cable Channel 95, the county government channel.

The detective from the team has been a member since 1999 and before that he was on the Prince George’s County emergency services team. He said one of the PG members died in the line of duty just before he joined.

The detective told the commissioners that the vehicle has been needed for a long time and that adjacent counties have them. He said St. Mary’s has to borrow those vehicles in emergency situations. He said it would protect citizens and suspects as well.

Source: Dick Myers for thebaynet.com.

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