Muskegon Co. SWAT team acquires Afghan war vehicle

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's a new vehicle you might see on the road in Muskegon County that will look out of place.

A mine and bullet-proof vehicle that once protected soldiers in Afghanistan now belongs to the Muskegon County Sheriff Department's Emergency Response Team. The county took ownership of the military surplus equipment last fall; it was free as long as it was picked up in Indiana.

The vehicle holds eight officers and most likely will be used during dangerous calls involving armed suspects.

"Anytime we can get an entry team or a react team closer to our subject or to a residence where shots are being fired, we will be better off and well protected," said Capt. Michael Poulin of the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department.

Members of the emergency response team have completed training with the vehicle and even used it one time during a real call. It can get to emergency at about 70 m.p.h. if needed.


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