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Sat, Jan. 18

KPD adds armor vehicle to arsenal

A bulletproof armored vehicle for use in hostage situations will go into service next week for the Kingman Police Department.

The vehicle was donated to the department last summer and has been painted and fitted with radios and light bars, Cpl.

Tracie Homer said.

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

The company then donates surplus vehicles to police departments in California and Arizona.

The armored van brought to Kingman, a 1994 Ford V-8 diesel, has thick, bulletproof steel sandwiched around cement.

A bulletproof door weighs more than 250 pounds.

Bulletproof windows will protect officers during gunfights.

A metal platform on both sides and in the rear of the truck allows officers to stand and hold on to a railing while the truck shields officers or retrieves civilians from danger.

The department's two bomb technicians also plan to use the van.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office has an armored vehicle and has been made available to other law enforcement agencies in the county.

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