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Florence County Sheriff's Office gets armored vehicle from military surplus

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Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office
Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office

Below is a news release from the Florence County Sheriff's Office:

Florence County Sheriff's Office took delivery yesterday of a MaxxPro Dash (MRAP) armored vehicle from the military.  This vehicle will replace the existing Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), also acquired from the military, which dates back to the 1970's and has been used by the sheriff's office for the past 15 years.  The armored vehicle is primarily used by the FCSO Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team during critical incidents such as hostage situation, active shooter incidents and high risk warrant service.  Like the Humvees recently acquired by FCSO from the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office, this vehicle can also be used for rescue and emergency transport in the event of serious weather events such as a hurricane or tornado, and can go where other conventional vehicles cannot go.

"We have been looking at options to replace our aging APC for some time, and the lowest price civilian alternative would cost right at $300,000.00," Sheriff Kenney Boone stated.  "But through this surplus program, we are able to obtain the functional equivalent for virtually nothing and save the taxpayers from that expense.  The taxpayers already bought this vehicle once, and it was going to some law enforcement agency anyway, so we are pleased to have it for pretty close to nothing more than the tank of fuel to drive it here.

The MaxxPro Dash is manufactured for the United States military by Navistar Defense at an estimated cost of $685,000.00 per unit.  These vehicles saw significant use in the Afghan Theater.  Its specialized armor is capable of repelling most small arms rounds.  

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