- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Prescott police could have an armored military vehicle available for use during SWAT events before the end of the year.

The Daily Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1k2XLcW ) that on Tuesday the City Council voted 6-1 to accept an International Navistar MaxxPro Mine Restistant Ambush Protected vehicle that was available through the federal Law Enforcement Support Office of the Defense Logistics Agency.

The vehicle is currently in Pinetop and could be transported to Prescott before the end of December.

The council agreed to apply for the vehicle in November, eliciting a debate about whether an armored vehicle would lead to the “militarization” of the Prescott Police Department.

Police Chief Jerald Monahan says the vehicle will provide officers an extra level of protection during high-risk events.

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Information from: The Daily Courier, http://www.dcourier.com

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