ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department says it turns out it doesn’t need a massive armored vehicle that the city obtained as military surplus and plans to dispose of it.
Albuquerque was [auth] among numerous law enforcement agencies across the country that obtained some of the many mine-resistant and ambush-protected vehicles that the military procured for the Iraq and Afghan wars.
Police Department spokesman Janet Blair says Albuquerque got its 14-foot-tall, 22.5-ton vehicle eight months ago but has not used it in the field.
According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1tZWlA7 ), Blair says the department has other armored vehicles it can use for SWAT team deployments instead of the mine-resistant vehicle.
Blair said the department will work with the state to find a new owner for the vehicle.