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Champaign Metro Acquires Demilitarized MRAP

Updated: Saturday, June 28 2014, 05:59 PM CDT

CHAMPAIGN -- And the Champaign county sheriff's office is stepping up its game acquiring a demilitarized mine resistant ambush protected vehicle.

You're probably thinking "What is it and what's it for?"

It will be used by the Metro SWAT team in several types of situations, including barricaded armed subjects, high risk warrants, and EMA search and rescue functions.
Metro is a team composed of deputies from the CCSO and police officers from U of I, Urbana, Rantoul, Mahomet and Parkland.

The vehicle's ballistic resistant capabilities will better protect police and civilians.

"I think it's a very reasonable use for these type of things, like i said we're replacing a 28-year-old vehicle that we're not sure about it's ballistic capabilities. This thing, we are pretty sure that it will repel most bullets so it's safer for the officers and our citizens."

The vehicle was acquired from the military at no charge.

On average, it can cost anywhere from $500,000 to $700,000.

Champaign Metro Acquires Demilitarized MRAP


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