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Mohave sheriff: MRAP to be returned
McCabe: 'We've done nothing with it'

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will return a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle similar to this one owned by the Kingman Police Department. The sheriff’s office obtained the MRAP from the Department of Defense’s 1033 program earlier this year. (DOUG McMURDO/Miner)

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will return a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle similar to this one owned by the Kingman Police Department. The sheriff’s office obtained the MRAP from the Department of Defense’s 1033 program earlier this year. (DOUG McMURDO/Miner)

KINGMAN - The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle former Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan appropriated from the Department of Defense back in May will be returned to the DOD, according to Sheriff Jim McCabe.

That the sheriff's office had possession of the massive armored vehicle was never revealed until Golden Valley resident Luca Zanna wrote a letter to the Kingman Daily Miner questioning its necessity.

"We weren't hiding the fact we had it," said McCabe. "I've been trying to trade it for months, but the likelihood of that happening was slim to none.

"It has been in the county yard since we got it and we've done nothing with it."

McCabe in an interview said the MRAP Sheahan ordered more than two years ago was a smaller version than what the DoD provided. He noted the MRAP - virtually identical to one acquired by the Kingman Police Department - is far too large for a number of reasons, none more key than the fact it was too large and too heavy to use as a response vehicle, particularly given the vast distances it would have to travel to get to an incident.

He also conceded such a vehicle "would scare people if they saw it rumbling down the street."

That isn't to say he doesn't see value in armored vehicles. To that end, he said his staff will research other ways to obtain one, albeit a smaller one than the MRAP.

"We never put it in our fleet inventory because we never intended to use it," he said.

The KPD's MRAP was stripped of its combat capability and retrofitted to serve a number of functions, including serving high-risk search warrants and rescue operations. The KPD, however, patrols a substantially smaller area of land than does the MCSO and doesn't share the same logistical concerns.

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