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Farmington buys armored vehicle for police to use

December 8, 2013 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The city of Farmington has bought an armored vehicle for police officers to use in responding to SWAT calls and other emergency situations.

The Farmington Daily Times [auth] reports (http://bit.ly/199wPjQ) that the city bought the vehicle for $3,000.

The military hired contractors to build more than 24,000 such vehicles for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but police agencies throughout the country are getting the used vehicles at a much lower cost as the military scales down operations in those countries.

While police say the vehicle will increase officer safety, the American Civil Liberties Union said the program to sell the vehicles to police agencies is further militarizing police forces across the country.

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