- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Officials are exploring whether to spend between $175,000 and half a million dollars on a smaller version of a military vehicle the Davis police force returned seven months ago.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1RMxJqG) a free federal government surplus program initially provided Davis police with the military vehicle. Officials returned it over concerns that law enforcement is becoming militarized.

Davis Assistant Police Chief Darren Pytel says a smaller version of the military vehicle could be used in dangerous situations to deliver officers or rescue people.

The city council will discuss options in the fall, but Davis Mayor Dan Wolk says he’s deeply skeptical about spending $400,000 on an armored vehicle when the city has so many other needs.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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