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How High Springs Police Snagged A $600,000 MRAP For $2,000

By on October 14th, 2013

A new military vehicle stands as tall as an elephant behind the High Springs Police Department, ready to rescue people from future natural disasters.

The police department received the 48,000-pound, war-ready vehicle on Oct. 4 from Camp Shelby in Mississippi with less than 7,000 miles on it. Armor-protected, it was bought to serve as a rescue vehicle and command center during hurricanes and floods, according to High Springs Police Chief Steve Holley.

“If we have a situation that requires us to deploy people in hostile environments, we can use this vehicle,” Holley said.

The Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, can safely travel through three and a half feet of water in complete darkness.

The vehicle cost the city about $2,000, a fraction of the $600,000 it cost to produce.

“It’s a cheap solution to a problem. If we need to evacuate people and they can’t get out, we can start piling people in and pull them out,” Holley said.

The Department of Defense’s Law Enforcement Support Office has been providing used military devices to law enforcement agencies since the passage of the 1997 National Defense Authorization Act. Since its inception, $4.2 billion in military property has been transferred to police departments in every state, according to the Defense Logistics Agency website.

The initiative for MRAP vehicles began in 2007 to help protect troops in Iraq against explosive devices.  By 2010, Congress allotted $34 billion for the transport and construction of MRAP vehicles, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.

The Gainesville Police Department is waiting for the end of the government shutdown to receive its own MRAP vehicle. Ben Tobias, police department spokesman, said the military vehicle will be a cheap replacement for its current primary SWAT vehicle, which is reaching the end of its life.

“A $250,000 vehicle would be the normal replacement for our SWAT vehicle and we didn’t have $250,000 lying around,” Tobias said.

GPD used the military surplus program before, buying four helicopters from the Department of Defense that they use almost daily.

“The military surplus program is quite a good deal for American law enforcement,” Tobias said.

Jim Woods, owner of the Santa Fe Outpost, an eco-tourism hot spot in High Springs, has lived in the area since 1990. Woods said he doubted the necessity of a massive military vehicle in High Springs.

He said the most recent Santa Fe River flood in September did not affect his business, but in the 23 years it has been in operation, Woods has been forced to evacuate his home and business five times due to flooding.

Despite his past evacuations, Woods said he was not sure the vehicle was a wise expenditure.

“If it saves one person’s life, it’s worth having,” Woods said. “But on the other hand, I can’t think of a time when someone has been so isolated that their life has been in jeopardy.”


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  • KC

    Go to Manheim Germany ~ there are thousands of unused vechiles.

  • joesphx

    Folks, don’t be afraid that this urban tank will be used against you. Mostly, the guys will be taking it deer hunting to haul all the beer and picnic supplies. Besides, you know how much it costs to maintain one of these? Who would want to drive this down I-75 after some militia group when the paint could get all messed up and then it wouldn’t look pretty for the parades. Oh oh, from that main source of all internet info: “In some cases in World War II, a tactic of some infantry was to run directly up to a tank, avoiding their main and machine guns, and pour petroleum over and into the tank and light it, sometimes blocking the exit, burning the crew alive.”

    • nynetguy

      You are beyond fucking stupid. Just…stop posting. Please. Your ignorant, idiotic bullshit hurts my ears. We get it. You’re nothing more than a child who is suffering from a massive inferiority complex and a major issue with authority.

  • Domino Soto

    BE AFRAID OF THE COPS INSIDE CAUSE THEY ARE BAD!!!! THE COP SHOWN IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT OF THIS TRUCK HAS TWO RESTRAINING ORDERS AGAINST HIM FOR DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE!!! HE IS ON DRUGS AND THE CHEIF KNOWS IT CAUSE HIS WIFE WAS FIRED FROM HSPD FOR NOT REPORTING CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE COP IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT!!! OFFICER JAMES FIELD AS THE NEWS ARTICLE STATED!!!! I HAVE PROOF IF U DONT BELIEVE ME! HIT ME UP THIS WHOLE DEPARTMENT IS A JOKE!!!

    • nynetguy

      There are no pictures of cops in the drivers seat you lying cunt nor is anyone name “James Field” even mentioned in the article.

      • Domino Soto

        SHOWS YOUR MENTALITY!!! THIS IS NOT THE ONLY ARTCLE ON THIS CROOKED POLICE DEPARTMENT!!!! LMAO WE WILL SEE, OH YEAH WE ALREADY HAVE!!! LMAO!!! YOU MUST BE HIS NEW BOYFRIEND!!! LMAO!!!

        • Domino Soto
          • nynetguy

            What are you laughing at you delusional used tampon? There is nothing, in EITHER ARTICLE, to substantiate your claims. Moreover a call to the High Springs Police Deptarment revealed that there are NO restraining orders against Officer James Field.

            You are a delusional lying halfwit cunt. There is nothing “crooked” about this dept and the most likely reason for your rants is you probably got arrested for doing something stupid.

            Go laugh that off you used tampon.

          • Domino Soto

            LMFAO!!! THE CITY COMMISSIONER HAS A COPY OF THE COURT HEARING AS WELL AS THE COPY OF THE ACTUAL RESTRAING ORDER!!!! SINCE U HAVE MADE IT YOUR CRUSADE TO PROTECT HSPD LOOK ON THE ALACHUA COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS WEBSITE. U R RIGHT THERE IS TWO RESTRAINING ORDERS AGAINST JAMES R FIELD. ONE FROM HIS FIRST WIFE ALLISON M RICH AS WELL AS MYSELF!!! CITIZENS OF HS DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH!!!! THE CHIEF’S WIFE WAS FIRED BECAUSE WHILE SHE WAS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND ON SUSPENSION SHE FAILED TO REPORT JAMES FOR DRUGS AND RAPE!!! LMFAO!!!!!! YOUR MENTALITY SHOWS IN YOUR RIDICULOUS REFERENCES ESPECIALLY SINCE U OBLIVIOUS HAVE NOT DONE YOUR HOMEWORK!!! I GUESS IM SUPPOSED TO GET MAD AND DEGRADE U LIKE U HAVE DONE TO ME BUT THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN!!! YOUR FAITH AND LOYALTY HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY MIS PLACED!!!! NEVER GOT ARRESTED IN OR AROUND THAT LIL TOWN!!! I KNOW OF NO INTELLIGENT PERSON LIKE MYSELF TO SAY THINGS THAT ALL OF HS CAN EASILY DISPUTE!!!! R U TOO AFRAID TO AT LEAST CHECK? I WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO PROVIDE U WITH A COPY OF BOTH RESTRAINING ORDERS!!! GO PLAY WITH YOUR TOYS AN STAY OUT OF ADULT BUISINESS!!! ALOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH!!!!! STAY BLIND TO THE TRUTH!!! NOT MY PROBLEM! :)

          • Domino Soto

            If u truely want to know u will and when u see what im saying is in fact true then u should call hspd and ask for an explination as to y they lied to u. It is the publics right to see cops records on their conduct. Hopefully your lack of response means u actually looked it up and found out im not the lying used blah blah blah u so desperately want people to believe!!! Karma is a bitch huh? Lmao!!!

          • nynetguy

            Wow.

            How pathetic are you? You actually came back a day later and checked up because I didn’t respond….

            BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

            You’re such a fucking moron. Absolutely NOTHING you have said it true. There are no restraining orders. NOTHING. You’re a delusional little liar. I already HAVE proven you wrong. City commissiners office and the country clerks office have NO restraining orders issues against a James Field. Moreover, Lexis Nexis has NO RECORD of any such order against James Field. Lastly, no such record can be found on the Alachua County Clerk of the Court website. So that’s like….four strikes. You’re so out dude.

            Buhbye my little delusional troll friend.

            Buh bye!

            Back to being irrelevant you go. I’ve had enough fun at your expense.

          • Domino Soto

            LMAO!!!! THERES ONE!!! NOW CAN U MANAGE TO DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE U SAY SOMETHING U HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT OR DO I NEED TO ACTUALLY SHOW U BOTH FOR U TO SEE THE TRUTH? PROOF THEY EITHER REALLY LIED TO U OR U NEVER CALLED ANYONE!!!! STILL SHOWING YOUR MENTALITY OR THE LACK THERE OF!!!!! LMFAO!!!!!

          • Domino Soto

            AS I LOOKED BACK OVER YOUR RIDICULOUS RANTINGS I FIGURED U WOULD BE UNABLE TO FIND THE OTHER ONE SOI GAVE U THE INFO!!! LMFAO!!!!! NOW ASK THE HSPD Y THEY LIED OR R U THE ONE TELLING UNTRUTHS!!!?

          • Domino Soto

            SO WHERE IS THE PROOF OF ALL THE GARBAGE U MENTIONED? CALL LOGS, NAMES OF THOSE U SPOKE WITH, COOKIES FROM YOUR COMPUTER PROVING U ACTUALLY LOOKED ANYTHING UP, ETC!!!?
            BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

            So that’s like….four strikes. You’re so out dude.

            Buhbye my little delusional troll friend.

            Buh bye!

            Back to being irrelevant you go.

            ROTFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • nynetguy

            You still here trying to push your lies spanky? My goodness. I had completely forgotten all about you. Now you want me to give you cookies? My lord. You truly have zero life.
            As I stated earlier, the officer in question has no such retraining order against him. I found the documents pertaining to the domestic issue with Pam but that’s not the cop you stupid fuck.
            There’s over two dozen documents pertaining a “James Field” in the county clerks office but not one of them is the cop as you claim.
            Back to being an irrelevant little moron you sill little buffoon.
            Buh bye!

          • Domino Soto

            U R A DUMB ASS!!! THAT IS HIM AN ITS AMAZING HOW U FINALLY FOUND THE DOCUMENTS!!! LMFAO!!! THE ONE PICTURE IS OF THE DOCUMENTS MORON!!!! KEEP BLOW THEM ALL U DICKLESS PIECE OF SHIT!!!! U HAVE BEEN PROVEN WRONG AGAIN I SAY U ONLY HAVE YOUR STUPID ASS WORDS I HOWEVER PROVIDED PROOF!!! LMFAO!!! IF U FORGOT ABOUT ME THEN Y DID U LOOK IT UP!!! DUMB ASS!!! LIKE I SAID BEFORE THAT WHOLE DEPARTMENT IS CORRUPT!!! EXCEPT SHEPPARD!!! OFFICER JAMES FIELD WAS BORN SEPT 22, 1966 AND ITS JAMES ROBERT FIELD!!! NOW SMOKE U SOME CRACK!!!!! U FUDGE PACKING QUEERBAIT MOFO!!! KISS MY I DONT USE TAMPONS ASS U IGNORANT WORTHLESS DICKLESS UNINTELLIGENT NO COUNT WASTE OF SPERM!!!!! YEAH I STOOPED TO YOUR CHILDISH LEVEL!!!!! I MUST SAY I DID A BETTER JOB AT IT THAN U TOO!!!! LMFAO!!!!! WUFT IS CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING THIS SO WHEN I AM PROVEN RIGHT U CAN SUCK MY ASSHOLE TIL MY HEAD CAVES IN U FUCKING DICK SUCKING ASS LICK!!!!!! LMFAO!!!!

          • nynetguy

            “KEEP BLOW THEM ALL U DICKLESS PIECE OF SHIT” my goodness. Someone has gone so far off the deep end they can hardly even write a coherent sentence.

            “IF U FORGOT ABOUT ME THEN Y DID U LOOK IT UP!!!” Aw. Sweetie. You’re confused. I said that I forgot about you after our initial back-and-forth which was after I did my checking.

            “U FUDGE PACKING QUEERBAIT MOFO!!!” So sad. Only a truly infantile mind thinks calling someone “queer” is an insult.

            “KISS MY I DONT USE TAMPONS ASS U IGNORANT WORTHLESS DICKLESS UNINTELLIGENT NO COUNT WASTE OF SPERM”

            My. What an intelligent debater you are. Your mother much be so proud. Any way, it’s quite cute to see you so beholden to your delusion. There are more than one James Field in Florida and Officer Field hasn’t had any of the legal problems you seem to think he has.

            Enjoy your delusions of grandeur.

            And check your caps lock key. It seems to be stuck.

          • Domino Soto

            U WILL SEE DICKLESS!! U R A LIAR AND SO IS HSPD!!!! YOUR POSTS PROVE U R THE IGNORANT ONE!!! U R THE ILLTERATE FUCK THAT CANNOT READ CORRECTLY!!!! IT WAS AN INSULT TO, THE GAY COMMUNITY AND FOR THAT I APOLOGIZE TO ALL OF THEM, EXCEPT LANE! THEM FOR THE MISTAKE OF LUMPING THE LIKES OF U INTO ANY HUMAN GROUP MUCHLESS THEIRS!!! LMFAO!!!!

          • nynetguy

            Dommy! How’s it going sparky? Still not getting that whole rage issue under control, are you? Listen, take a deep breath, count to 10 (if you can) and just relax.

            We all get it. You’re a moron. Your family tree is likely a stump. We get that.

            But you really need to get over this fixation you have on Officer Field. Clearly you’re just not his type.

          • nynetguy

            Wow dude. Up your medicine.

            “YOUR MENTALITY SHOWS IN YOUR RIDICULOUS REFERENCES ESPECIALLY SINCE U OBLIVIOUS HAVE NOT DONE YOUR HOMEWORK”

            I’m going to assume that you meant “obviously” and not “oblivious”…… and what references have I offered?

            You seem a tad unhinged my mentally challenged friend.

            As for whatever it is that you think the city commissioner has or doesn’t have, a call there also revealed nothing.

          • Domino Soto

            I TOOK THE DISC AS WELL AS THE RESTRAINING ORDERS TO HIM MYSELF!!! LOOK AT ALL YOUR OWN TYPOS AND MISSPELLINGS!!! LMFAO!!!!!

  • Joey Beans

    I am just back after a total of 10 years in the Iraq and Kuwait. Feels like I’m still there.

  • Josie

    Granted they got a good deal on buying the vehicle, but I used to work on MRAPs and that vehicle is a POS and has gotten more soldiers killed because of the poor structure and planing of how it is built. I wouldn’t recommend this vehicle for any armed services or law enforcement.

 

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