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KPD looks at adding armor vehicle<BR>

The Kingman Police Department may soon have an armored car in its arsenal for use in hostage situations or bomb threats.

A California company replaces armored vehicles, used to transport money for banks and financial institutions, with newer ones.

The company then donates the surplus vehicles free of charge to police stations in California and Arizona, Kingman City Councilman Frank McVey said.

If the Kingman City Council approves a request at its Jan.

22 meeting, KPD Chief Larry Butler plans to pick out the vehicle best suited for his department.

The process would take about three months before delivery, McVey said.

Once the city council approves the request, Butler would go to the company's compound in either Tucson or Phoenix to pick out the vehicle of his choice.

The armored vehicle, possibly a panel van commonly used to deliver money to banks, would come as a bare unit then be refitted with emergency lights, painted and will be used by the department's two bomb technicians, Butler said.

The bullet-proof, metal plated vehicle would carry equipment used the bomb technicians, be used as a shield to protect police officers in hostage situations, or in some cases be used to store explosives until they can be disposed of, he said.

Currently, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office has an armored vehicle in its arsenal.

The armored vehicle has been made available to other law enforcement agencies in the county.

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