BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Valley law enforcement officials said they will not have to give up some big pieces of surplus military equipment in their fleets after officials with the Obama Administration announced that they would be taking back some surplus equipment.
The Administration called machinery — such as tanks and heavy machine guns — too militaristic for civilian police work, prompting the recall.
The Boardman Police Department and the Mahoning Valley Task Force are among the local agencies that have mine-resistant vehicles known as “MRAPs.” The vehicles could be used in an active-shooter situation where victims need to be rescued.
Both the Boardman Police Department and Mahoning Valley Task Force were able to obtain the MRAPs for just the cost of shipping earlier this year.
The agencies have been told that the government recall of military machinery will not include these vehicles.