- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The Bangor Police Department is the latest to get an armored vehicle.

The city council voted unanimously last week to spend $208,000 for the vehicle they say that could keep officers out of harm’s way in certain situations.

Many police departments in Maine have bought military surplus vehicles, leading to concerns about the militarization of local law enforcement. But supporters say the vehicle roughly the size of an ambulance was designed for police work, not the military.

The city is buying the unit from the Massachusetts -based armored vehicle manufacturer, Lenco, using savings from lower fuel costs and health insurance premium payments.

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