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    Posted: Nov 14 2018 at 9:20am
 
To: Bill Brock, Monroe City Manager
From: Chief Bob Buchanan
Date: 10-18-18
Subject: Report on armored vehicle for the police department.



Last week the police department was notified by the Ohio Law Enforcement Support Organization 
(LESO) that there were MRAP armored vehicles available for evaluation. These vehicles were located 
at a DRMO (Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office) facility in Chambersburg PA.  Officer Josh 
King has been working with representative of LESO the last year in a half on acquiring armor for 
the department.  We have had applications in with LESO for both MRAP and “Up Armored” Humvee 
vehicles.  These MRAPs are the first vehicles that we have been notified that are available.  There 
are no “Up Armored” Humvees available.  Our LESO Representative recommended that we look at two of 
the MRAP’s, one for use and one for parts.  The justification behind this is that

because these vehicles are being phased out of the military’s normal use they do not have to be 
turned back in to the LESO program in the same condition that we receive them.

Having a second vehicle that is full of parts allows us to pull these parts without the cost of the 
parts.

Officer King traveled to Chambersburg, along with local resident Mike Tilton.  Mike is a recent 
retired Army Veteran who worked as a mechanic for the military and is very familiar with the MRAP 
vehicles.  Two vehicles were located and based on Mr. Tilton’s evaluation, they are in very good 
condition with all parts available.  These two vehicles have been submitted by our LESO 
representative and are now on hold for the City of Monroe.  The paperwork will take about a week to 
process and then we would have fourteen days to claim the vehicles.

The way that this works is these vehicles have been stripped of the extra armor plating, which we 
would not need, as well as batteries and engine and transmission fluids.  The

pictures above are the actual vehicles.  A couple of items to point out is that there is no


way to start these vehicles until we bring them back and put the batteries and fluids back in to 
them.  This is a little bit of a gamble, but Mr. Tilton assures us that all of the engine parts are 
there in each vehicle and my own understanding of the meticulous maintenance programs that our 
military requires, I am confident that the vehicles will run with no issues. It should be noted 
that the turrets on top would have to be removed, as they are not authorized for our use based on 
the program’s guidelines.  This is not an issue for us.

The City’s costs would be the transportation of these two vehicles back to the City as well as the 
batteries, and fluids that would be needed to start the vehicles up.  We have obtained several 
quotes for the transportation services with the low quote being $5,000.00 from Sandy’s towing to 
haul both of these vehicles for us.  We estimate an additional

$750.00 to $1,500.00 for the batteries and fluids to bring the vehicle on line.  The police 
department has these funds within our current budget.  We will not be able to provide

accurate estimates on the cost to paint one of the vehicles until we get it back to our area.

The Police Department’s Tactical Team members have been working very hard to prepare
to provide tactical operations for the city. Without the protection of an armored vehicle,
they cannot provide those operations when needed. It is my opinion that this vehicle
provides the necessary equipment that the officers need in the most cost effective option
available. Considering that an armored vehicle is around $250,000 to $400,000, not
including maintenance fees, Having an armored vehicle with a complete set of parts will
more than pay for the transportation and annual maintenance costs.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote basser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2018 at 10:13pm
I have mentioned this before: I do not agree that local police departments should obtain military equipment. Our Second Amendment rights were created to ensure against a tyrannical government. The Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 asserted that “the people have a right to bear arms for defence of themselves and the state”. Kent State cast an ominous shadow over our democracy over 40 years ago. This was a clear act of tyranny and no one has ever been held accountable for murdering those students. We do not need military-grade equipment on the local level, and I feel that this is setting a dangerous precedent.
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The only way to keep the unwashed masses  in check is with the most advanced firepower. This way the city of Monroe can keep its people in their place. The last thing a city wants is for its people to think they are the ones in power. With the addition of these MRAP'S the city of Monroe lets its people know they are not the ones who hold the upper hand. It is the city thats holds the cards. Not the populace. No matter what no stupid Constitution says. 
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Ya the police having these vehicles really infringes on my freedom..............LOL
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I just want to know when they can get a decommissioned Black Hawk to patrol Britton Lane? Making my way home the other day a resident of the retirement village swung out in a golf cart and did 5 mph. Just think if I had been in the MRAP I could have defused the situation with extreme prejudice. LOL
*post meant as satire. Not be taken as a literal possibility of occurrence. 
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Yep...it’s all funny until somebody gets their eyeball put out .
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