- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - The Tippecanoe County sheriff’s department now has a military-style vehicle that was originally designed to protect soldiers in war zones.

The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports (https://on.jconline.com/1GRI2Cf ) that the department received the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle from Pulaski County. It arrived on April 29.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard says he envisions using the armored truck to protect deputies during a standoff or hostage situation. He says though that his hope and the best scenario would be to never need to use the vehicle.

The vehicle is worth about $400,000. Deputies still need to be trained how to drive it.

West Lafayette’s police department already has a similar vehicle.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, https://www.jconline.com

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