- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say they have received an armored tactical vehicle from the U.S. Defense Department’s military surplus program.

Vermont now has a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle that officials say could support law enforcement during confrontations.

Col. Tom L’Esperance says the vehicle could help troopers “defuse a dangerous situation without exposing them to life-threatening danger.” L’Esperance says he hope they never need to use it.

Police say the vehicle will be housed at the Windsor Armory and that it is similar to the Bearcat tactical vehicle obtained in 2011 being housed in the Williston Barracks.

Police received the vehicle in December. Costs included under $8,000 to transport the vehicle from Mississippi and additional costs of customizations and maintenance. The vehicle is not yet operational.

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