LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is showing off a new armored rescue vehicle they put in service last week.
According to Dan Bender with the sheriff’s office, the MaxProV (Maximum Protection Vehicle) was acquired last winter through the “Colorado Department of Defense Excess Property Program administered by Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) and coordinated by Colorado State Patrol.”READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Scattered Saturday Storms, Few Could Turn Severe On The Plains
“The program provides surplus equipment to law enforcement, fire, and EMS services, as well as other public safety entities,” Bender said in a statement. “Being able to deploy a protective armored vehicle to incidents that could present harmful threats to citizens and emergency response teams is nothing new for La Plata Sheriff’s Office.”READ MORE: 'Little Slice Of Hell' House Under Contract With Cash Offer, Off The Market
The department has had a surplus armored vehicle since the mid-1990s.MORE NEWS: 'Leaving Here Vaccinated': Broomfield County Jail Boasts 85% COVID Vaccination Rate
“After over 30 years of service, its replacement has been long overdue,” Bender said. “The Columbine High School incident and subsequent shooter related incidents across the country demonstrated how inadequate fire trucks and police cars are when trying to move innocents from a threat area,” Bender said.