Joplin Police Receive Department of Defense Vehicle for Police Work

Published 04/11 2014 06:31AM

Updated 04/11 2014 07:03AM

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Joplin police are working to overhaul a Department of Defense vehicle donated for city police work. The armored vehicle will provide protection for the officers in high risk situations. The vehicle is expected to be fully operational in two weeks. Officers still need to paint it, and then train on how to use it.

The vehicle was previously used in Afghanistan, so it will be able to hold 10 fully-equipped officers. They plan to use it for extreme situations only.

"If we get an injured officer or a citizen that's been injured, shot, something like that. We use it for rescue operations if we have an active shooter. Events at different locations, we can use it for that. Also, we use it as a platform for hostage negotiation," said Sloan Rowland, Joplin Police Department SWATT Commander.

The vehicle was donated through a department of defense program, where used vehicles and equipment are donated to the law enforcement community. It's worth more than $700,000, but the police department received it for free.

(courtesy KODE, Joplin)

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