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MRAP: Comanche County's new tool

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COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla._The wait for the Comanche County Sheriff's Department new military vehicle is now over.

The sheriff’s department received their Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle at the end of last week. The department was able to get the MRAP for $2,500 from the U.S. Army. Sheriff Stradley says he is excited for all the possibilities the MRAP will bring to protecting the county.

Sheriff Kenny Stradley says it won't be in use for everything but when it is used, they mean business. Sheriff Stradley summed up in 3 words what a criminal will probably be thinking if this came to their house, "oh my gosh."

"If we got somebody in a house that is shooting at us and we can't get to them, we can get there,” said Stradley. “We can drop people off behind the house and pull around front and take rounds, drop them off in front of the house."

The MRAP is designed to withstand landmines so gunfire isn’t an issue. It also stands well over 8 feet tall and weighs more than 20 tons, giving it other uses than withstanding a possible shooter.

"A flood situation we can use it, it's heavy enough it won't go down a stream. We can launch out into somewhere and probably get someone that is stranded maybe on top of a car or something like that with this vehicle," explained Stradley.

The original price tag of the vehicle was still inside the door, $733,000. Getting it at $2,500, Stradley says if it can just save one of his deputies lives it is well worth it, but hopefully it doesn't come down to that.

"I think it is a great asset to the department. Hopefully we never have a problem where we are going to need it, but if we need it we got it."

The MRAP is being parked at the sheriff's department vehicle lot on 2nd street, south of the mall. What is special about this lot is there are many vehicles you don't see the department use often, but when duty calls the department has them, just like this MRAP.

Another factor that played a big role in getting the vehicle so cheap is that it is still property of the U.S. Army. If the sheriff's department decides they don't want it anymore, instead of selling it, it must go back to the Army.

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