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They are already using it.

Nov. 7 - While making the arrest of a kidnap suspect yesterday, Boise Police had evidence the suspect may be heavily armed and in possession of a large amount of explosive materials. Because of the potential danger to officers and the neighborhood, the warrant service became the first deployment of the departments MRAP. 110613 MRAP 1

"This vehicle is designed to protect people from high caliber bullets and explosives and we knew that's what we were likely facing," said Boise Police Captain Scott Mulcahy. "We had evidence this suspect's behavior was erratic and that he was potentially armed with firearms and explosives. That's when we need to take every precaution in protecting our people and the neighborhood."

In addition to the Boise Police MRAP, the MRAP belonging to Nampa Police was also called in to assist. The vehicles were strategically placed to provide a protective barricade for officers while confronting the suspect, and to protect the closest neighbors should a blast occur.

Members of the Boise Police SWAT team were called to serve the arrest warrant yesterday also because of the potential danger officers felt the suspect posed. The Boise Police Special Operations Group, which includes the SWAT team, has been assigned the vehicle.

The MRAP, or mine resistant ambush protection vehicle was acquired through a United States military surplus program and just received by the Boise PD one month ago. At the time, the department informed citizens about the vehicle, saying it would be an important new tool for officers to protect citizens as well as themselves in high risk operations.

"We apprecaite having a vehicle with these extraordinary capabilities. It's already made a difference.."

I guess it was only inevitable, we had to build a shit ton of them for Iraq and Afghanistan and now the wars are over or ending. Not sure how I feel about this.

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Originally posted to Drewid on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 05:51 PM PST.

Also republished by Police Accountability Group.

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