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Tue, Jan. 28

KPD adds armor vehicle to its arsenal

An armored vehicle will be added next month to the Kingman Police Department's arsenal to handle hostage situations or bomb threats.

The vehicle was delivered last summer after the Kingman City Council, led by Councilman Frank McVey, approved the vehicle in January 2002, Cpl.

Tracie Homer said.

A California company, which replaces armored vehicles used to transport money for banks and financial institutions with newer ones, donated the surplus vehicle to KPD.

The company, A.T.

Systems, donates used armored vehicles to police departments in California and Arizona.

The 1994 Ford paneled van powered by a V-8 diesel engine is currently being painted at R & R body shop.

The armored car is expected to be operation by the end of March, Homer said.

The vehicle will get a new coat of paint along with Kingman police insignias this week.

It will also be refitted with emergency lights and radios, Homer said.

The van is covered with thick, bulletproof steel around the cab and in the back.

Bulletproof windows also will protect officers inside during a shooting incident.

During a shootout, the van also could also be used as a shield for officers walking behind it or escorting hostages.

"It'll make a really good shield where you have a shooter on one side and you need to move innocent people out of the way," police Chief Larry Butler said.

The department's two bomb technicians also will use the armored car, which will carry bomb-defusing equipment such as X-ray detectors and protective suits.

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

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