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St. Cloud Police Department Rolls Out New Crime Fighting Weapon [AUDIO]

Photo by WJON.com’s Jim Maurice

ST. CLOUD – The St. Cloud Police Department’s SWAT team unveiled their new armored vehicle this (Monday) morning.

The MRAP, which stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected, comes from the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.

Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says the vehicle will help keep members of the SWAT team safe while responding to emergencies.

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Oxton says there’s no comparison between this vehicle, and the old had ambulance they had been using.

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The cost to the city of St. Cloud is about $10,000 to retrofit it for police use.  The vehicle is valued at over $400,000.

In it’s previous life it was used for training at Fort Ripley, Kansas.  It has less than 3,600 miles on it.

Besides the St. Cloud police department, the Sheriff’s Departments in Sherburne County, Wright County, Dakota County, Pine County, St. Louis County, and Olmstead County also received vehicles.

Photo by WJON.com’s Jim Maurice

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