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Are Bergen County Streets The Place For A Military Vehicle?

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The Bergen County Sheriff’s department is getting an MRAP, or a mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, for their department next month.

These vehicles are currently used in Iraq and Afghanistan and its drawn a lot of controversy in Bergen County recently. The county executive doesn't want one. She says these are war vehicles and have no place here. However, the sheriff's department says they do not have an armored vehicle right now, they need them for prisoner transfers, and since the government is essentially giving them away it seems like a great deal for taxpayers.

Up until recently these vehicles have only been used by our military, but now the government is distributing them to law enforcement here in the United States.

The SWAT team out of Willimantic Connecticut was one of the first departments in the northeast to obtain and use an MRAP. The team schedules training sessions to work with the MRAP as a tool in keeping their community safe.

Corporal Stanley F. Parizo says that these vehicles are essential and they are not a toy.

“This piece of equipment is used to save lives. Anywhere the city fire trucks can go the MRAP can go,” he said.

As part of their training they simulate the scenario of getting someone who is injured out of danger. They carry dummies through several different obstacles, across a river, and under wires, to get them to safety inside the MRAP which would then evacuate the scene.

However, the way the Connecticut SWAT team is using the MRAP is different than Bergen County’s plans to use it as a prisoner transfer vehicle.

Officer Josh Clark elaborated on the MRAP’s tactical performance.

“With this vehicle we have the capability to rescue civilians, save lives,” he said.

 

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