Small-Town Police Just Rolling Around in Eighteen-Ton Armored Vehicles From Iraq Because They Can

A soldier with the U.S. Army's  2-12 infantry stands on a  MRAP vehicle while on patrol  November 17, 2007  in Baghdad, Iraq.  MRAPs are a family of mine-resistant transport vehicles; a set recently arrived at FOB Falcon are simply called MRAPs by the soldiers but are technically called International MaxxPro Category 1.  Some commanders in the U.S.  military see MRAPs as eventual replacements for the ageing Humvee, though the vehicles large size and other factors have given other commanders paU.S. e.  MRAPs have a V-shaped hull that allows it to better withstand the blasts of roadside bombs.
Baghdad or Albany? Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Now that the U.S. is basically all warred-out, local police are reaping the benefits. A handful of police departments in New York, including Albany, Jefferson, and Nassau counties, are among those who have taken in eighteen-ton armored trucks, complete with machine-gun turrets and bulletproof glass, valued at $500,000 each. You know, just to serve warrants and stuff.

"It's armored. It's heavy. It's intimidating. And it's free," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. Responding to complaints about the militarization of the police force, Apple said, "Nothing could be further from the truth," despite the fact that it's literally what's happening here.

The vehicles also get about five miles to the gallon in gas, so they're super practical.