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Forum News Service, Published October 10 2013

Stutsman County gets armored personnel carrier

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - The newest vehicle in the fleet of the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office is a low-mileage armored personnel carrier.

The 15-ton armor plated International MaxxPro MRAP can carry officers for a variety of rescue and law enforcement missions, Sheriff Chad Kaiser said.

MRAP is the acronym for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected.

“As far as I know, this is the only one in North Dakota,” he said.

The unit Stutsman County acquired has about 17,000 miles on it.

Stutsman County acquired the MRAP through the Law Enforcement Support Office of the U.S. Department of Defense. The only costs to the county were transporting the vehicle from Mississippi, adding striping and logos and installing lights and radios.

The vehicle is designed to go through up to 3 feet of standing water and should be able to power through heavy snow.

Kaiser said it will be used for search-and-rescue operations and the James Valley Special Operations Team, a regional organization of law enforcement officers that responds to situations involving armed or barricaded suspects in southeast North Dakota.