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Nixa Police Department Brings Home Military Defensive Vehicle

NIXA, Mo. – The Nixa Police Department is among area law enforcement entities to receive a free-of-charge mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle from the Department of Defense.
The vehicle is strictly for defensive use and is not equipped with any weaponry at all. It is bullet-proof, and will be used to protect police officers as well as citizens in harm’s way.
NIXA, Mo. – The Nixa Police Department is among area law enforcement entities to receive a free-of-charge mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle from the Department of Defense.

According to a statement from the Nixa Police, the vehicle comes after the drawback of overseas troops created a surplus of MRAPs. More than 7,000 MRAPs were made available to police departments across the nation, including Nixa, Christian County and Joplin.

On the battlefield, MRAPs are used as armored personnel carriers to move troops safely in hostile environments.

Nixa Lt. Joe Campbell assisted in getting the vehicle to Nixa from Texas.

“The vehicle can best be described as a large beast of a vehicle,” he says in the statement.

In the last five years, the Nixa Police Department estimates it would only have used the vehicle two times for instances where an armed subject had barricaded himself.

The department says it only plans to use the vehicle if there is ever an armed encounter in a workplace, school, or public area.

“The vehicle is strictly for defensive use and is not equipped with any weaponry at all,” says Nixa Police Chief Jimmy Liles in a statement. “It is bullet-proof, and will be used to protect police officers as well as citizens in harm’s way.”

According to the statement, the MRAP could be an asset after a natural disaster such as a tornado. It would be able to move through debris where most other vehicles couldn’t go to rescue victims.

“With the costs of civilian versions of these vehicles reaching over $150,000, many times it is financially impossible for police department to acquire this type of asset,” says Campbell. “It’s only logical that we take advantage of this program to meet our needs.”

The only costs associated with the MRAP was the nearly $800 in fuel expenses to drive it to Nixa from Texas, and preventative maintenance supplies such as oil.

The vehicle came with a brand-new set of spare tires and an engine warranty from Caterpillar.


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