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MCPD says it now has military-style armored vehicle


This news story was published on April 11, 2014.
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An MRAP vehicle used by the US Marines

An MRAP vehicle used by the US Marines

MASON CITY – The war on crime in North Iowa has reached a new level, as Mason City police said Friday that they now have acquired a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle through a federal government program.

“Yes the MCPD did recently acquire a MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle from the Section 1033 Program through the Federal Excess Property Management Program,” a Mason City police department spokesman said. “The MRAP arrived in Mason City near the end of March 2014. The MRAP is basically Department of Defense property loaned out to certain law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes. Because it is loaned to law enforcement agencies, there was no acquisition cost. At any time, the Department of Defense can recall the vehicle or items loaned. We do expect some minor costs to equip it with flashing lights, maintenance, etc.”

The officer said that the new MRAP “provides us more options to respond to dangerous incidents than what we previously had. The MRAP may also be used to assist other law enforcement agencies on high-risk incidents.”

The MCPD invited media to come to the police department headquarters to view and take photos of the MRAP vehicle.

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59 Responses to MCPD says it now has military-style armored vehicle

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    sigsaur69 Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Why dont they see if they can loan a m1a1 abrams? That would blow that mrap to crap. Dont they have like a retired british ferret in use already? Maybe they think taliban has come to mason city.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

    This is how it really is

    [IMG]http://i59.tinypic.com/2rpwx9e.jpg[/IMG]

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    rahmbo Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    What an absolute joke.

    The militarization of local police departments is not a joke, but the law enforcement hogs-feeding-at-the-public-trough certainly is.

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    Brosephus Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Will we get to see Frank Sterns dressed out in fatigues manning the top gunning turret with headphones on?

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    USMCSSG Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I can’t believe what I’m hearing! What a bunch of little wussies! We need to put a battery ram on this bad boy and KILL, KILL, KILL!

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    Whoa Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I’ve got your nuisance ordinance right here pal! Can you imagine this baby parked on the North End on Saturday night?

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      Rochester Fremont Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Somthin’ tells me you won’t have to imagine that scene. Stay tuned……..

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    BCN Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I can see some military equipment applications for civilian law enforcement, but this is definitely not one of them.
    Some comments on the MRAP’s, check out the fuel mileage among others.

    Poor maneuverability makes it difficult, sometimes impossible to use in an urban environment.
    Poor off-road performance
    Prone to tipping
    70% of world’s bridges can’t hold MRAPs
    Too wide for many roads
    High fuel consumption—approximately 3 mpg

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      They look damn good in a parade, though!

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      maybe Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      safe against an IED on the bottom but not on the top.

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      Philosophus Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      3 mpg? Just enough to get to Cenex and back.

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    Brosephus Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    OK, this is the plan. We take the biggest bully’s from high school and make them cops. Then we add a bunch of ex-military personal with PTSD issues. Then we load em up in this vehicle and turn em loose on the public. Sound like a plan? It’s a done deal.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    they can park it next to the patrol cars they do not use

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    Mediator Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I think they should have turned this loan down. While it’s good for the US military to have the local communities pay to keep their vehicles maintained and in working order, I don’t see it as anything but an unneeded expense on the local taxes.

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      Brosephus Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Unneeded? Let’s you try to break up a teen drinking party without one of these! Can’t be done. Like USMCSSC says, we need a way to knock the house down and kill everyone inside if they refuse to come out of their hiding place. Maybe we need tanks and surface to air missiles as well.

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      Bob Wolfram Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      exactly…

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    Brosephus Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 9:33 am

    USMCSSC says, “Now put a heavy duty blade on the front and when people wont come out of their hiding place, start to knock it down.”

    He’s military, HE KNOWS that breaching the door with a battering ram when issuing search warrants is not enough. What we need to do is knock the place down and kill everyone inside. This is a war between the police and the public. Semper Fi.

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    Brosephus Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Law enforcement NEEDS a vehicle like this. You never know when some pot user is going to landmine his property or ambush law enforcement. The police need to be prepared. Also we are hiring many returning vets as police and they need to feel at home in this country again. They need to feel like their is an enemy out there and there is and that enemy is us.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Your enemy in the english language.

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      Philosophus Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

      You portray a dangerously frightening, and ACCURATE depiction of life to come for Mason City. Pack a bunch of people into ghettos with no gardening, no meaningful artisan tradecrafts, nothing to look forward to, only 40-oz, corporatocracy jobs, and militarized police, and it’s a recipe for a horribly controlled diminished life. Plant gardens people! Resist the thieves and criminals, they only invite more police into your neighborhoods. You can be POOR and live with DIGNITY!

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        Philosophus Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2014 at 9:53 am

        Collaborate with one another: Put together a woodshop or metallurgy / welding center. Use recycled metal scraps and weld them into artwork, or alternative bicycles / transport. Make it a collective. Do it out of a garage, or go in on a small warehouse space together. Turn the ghettos into interesting Artist Colonies! You don’t have to follow thru with the roles the police are trying to assign you. RESIST! Be creative! Contribute a tool, and slowly you will assemble a GUILD!

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    Filo Sofus Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

    A totally unnecessary waste of tax dollars.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Can you just imagine bookmyer and his trolls riding on this to dodge tomatoes! 🙂

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    'Nonymus Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2014 at 7:37 am

    How else are they supposed to control the RAGBRAI crowds! 🙂

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    Mr. Liberty Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    It doesn’t matter. All the generals purged by Obama are now working for us. Liberty always prevails !!!!

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    Mr. Liberty Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Mr. Liberty agrees with Josey Wales!!

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    Philosophus Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Now I think people are starting to understand what’s coming. Little old Philly’s designs for alternative society aren’t seeming so bad now huh? Murders everywhere, police state coming, hood rats taking over the streets, businesses closing like dominoes. There’s plans for a two tiered system: The wealthy ruling class, and their private security forces…ie the militarized police. Soon there will be no in between.

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      Happy4u Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      I think Ive heard of this b4…….?????

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 8:05 am

      That thing looks like it could breach and earthship pretty easily. I blame Philosophus for it’s presence.

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        Philosophus Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

        I’ll put my earthship up against it anyday. 🙂

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    WD 80 Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Now if they only had another street sweeper and would come down my street we would have everything it this city.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      @WD80that’s a good use for it. Maybe they would finally sweep the streets.

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    rukidding Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Did the police have this out today on 14th street. Sounds like they needed it with the losers up there fighting with bats.

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      Josey Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      If they need a 49,000 pound, 10 FT tall MILITARY combat vehicle to stop a bunch of punks with bats then they seriously need to go back to POLICE academy training. These are designed to resist landmines for gods sake! Some of you need to look around and see what’s REALLY going on.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm

        Marshall law…police militia…n all freedoms stripped from citizens…..TIME FOR A REVOLUTION…time for the citizens to band together n stand up for our freedoms or die trying…n all the other sheeple can just sit back n end up in there concentration camps

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      @rukidding-what part of 14th st.? And was it North or South 14th st. We live by 14th and we didn’t see anything today at all. We were around all day.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    What in the hell do they need with something like this. Are we turning into a police state?

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      . Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      i think you just hit the nail on the head. Towns all across america are getting shit like this. Theres no reason for a mrap to be on the streets.

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      Philosophus Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Agreed.

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      Brosephus Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 9:42 am

      This is a war! A war on drugs. We wanted it to be a war and now you sound like some sniveling little libbie communist.

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    Bob Wolfram Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    If it cost 1 dollar it was 1 dollar tooo much. Police departments do not need military issue everthing. What next? Tactical neighborhood nukes.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      You would think their armoured personnel carrier would be enough.

  23. Allen

    Allen Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Damn, now I’m going to have to get a Barrett M107, and a whole bunch of MK211, for personal protection of course.

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    sad but true Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    a million dollar fire truck for all of our high rise buildings, a half million dollar snow plow for a airport with no planes, and now this?
    Do you think there is any waste in government?

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      Get it Right Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Ladder trucks are not for high rise buildings,they can’t reach the top of them anyway.

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    servantez55 Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Is the government going to Marshall law in the states under Obama?? Having cities using military vehicles in the enforcement policies in little towns.

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    servantez55 Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Really?? Mason City needs a Mine Vehicle??, get real. This is so stupid. Just sayin.

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    USMCSSG Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    There are 2 reason you speak to a cop. 1:You are causing trouble or 2: Someone causing trouble has found you

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    Josey Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I think people need to wake up. We have cops and most of them are bad going around thinking of themselves as soldiers rather than keeping peace.
    Washington, Iowa with a population of 7,000 and 11 officers acquired one of these as well. It really makes me nervous having combat psycho’s with a badge running around. We need to be scared of them not them afraid of us.
    Wake up

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I didn’t know the police were having a problems with mines or ambushes!

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    USMCSSG Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Now put a heavy duty blade on the front and when people wont come out of their hiding place, start to knock it down.

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    Brosephus Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    The Barney Fife mobile. The militarization of Mayberry is here. This is where your tax money goes and goes and goes.