Valley law enforcement agencies getting armored vehicle

The Appleton Police Dept. and Outagamie Co. Sheriff's Dept. say they are receiving a heavy-duty vehicle similar to this one through a military program.
The Appleton Police Dept. and Outagamie Co. Sheriff's Dept. say they are receiving a heavy-duty vehicle similar to this one through a military program. (Courtesy: Appleton P.D.)

APPLETON – Two Fox Valley law enforcement agencies are receiving a heavy-duty vehicle from the U.S. military.

The Appleton Police Dept. and Outagamie Co. Sheriff’s Dept. say they are getting a Caiman Multi-Theater Vehicle, commonly known as an MRAP. Their application was recently approved by the Law Enforcement Support Office, which is part of the Department of Defense that works to distribute surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies.

Appleton police say they plan to use the vehicle for rescues and evacuations; it will also allow teams of officers to safely move into unsafe situations.

The agencies are paying about $5,000 to have the vehicle transported from Texas. A delivery date has not been established.

In Wisconsin, the Madison Police Dept., St. Croix Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and Juneau Co. Sheriff’s Dept. have received similar vehicles through the same program.

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