The San Jose Police Department has decided to return a 15-ton armored vehicle it received earlier this year from the military surplus program.
“We want to keep their trust. We don’t want them to feel we are going off on another path with our police department,” she said. “We want them to feel comfortable about the tools that we use.” Sgt. Heather Randol
A few other cities have followed suit, but in large part most police agencies are keeping the armored carriers that are being given to them.
“Lt. Michael Remedios, SWAT commander for the South San Francisco Police Department, told the Mercury News that while he realizes the vehicles can be perceived as intimidating, they can be used to get police and emergency personnel into areas to recover victims from dangerous and unsecured areas, including crime or disaster scenes.
They have used the MRAP three times for high-risk warrants, Remedios said, and that it actually helps reduce violence.
“If we roll out to an armed-and-dangerous person’s house, they’re less likely to engage police officers,” he said.”
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