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Sheriff gets armored vehicles

Army donates personnel carriers to departments in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne

Macomb Daily | June 16 2004

Macomb County's "newest" weapon against crime is 44 years old, weighs a beefy 10 tons, travels only 3 miles on a gallon of gas, sits 10 people uncomfortably and can flatten a house.
And it's a war veteran.

The Sheriff's Department on Monday took delivery of an M113 armored personnel carrier, compliments of the U.S. Army.

"You can't beat this," said smiling Sheriff Mark Hackel as he admired the vehicle. "It didn't cost us a dime."

The armored carriers are touted as front-line equipment for homeland security activities and during disasters.

At a morning ceremony at the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Hackel, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans said the refurbished armored carriers will give deputies significant up-close protection during drug raids and while confronting barricaded gunmen.

"These are the kind of vehicles that don't get serviced every day, but when you need them you can't live without them," Evans said.

Bouchard said Oakland County's only other armored tactical vehicle has a blown transmission, and must be put on a trailer and hauled to a crime scene for it to be deployed. He said such rigs can be an intimidating sight and may convince any tough-talking gunman to surrender.

The standard steel tracks on the M113s have been replaced with thick rubber bands to give the vehicles better traction and wear on roads.

The military will monitor the bands and other technology in the vehicle during its use in an urban setting, in a partnership to help the Army improve the future design of ground force vehicles. That will be the task of TARDEC's National Automotive Center, which works with commercial and academic partners in designing the Army's combat and ground-support vehicles.

The donation of the three M113s was made possible through a program for transferring surplus Defense Department property to state and local law enforcement agencies.

"Working through our Law Enforcement Support Office, we have been able to adapt these effective combat units to meet a variety of challenges our local sheriffs need to be ready to handle in future emergencies," said Dennis J. Wend, director of the NAC.

Army officials have regarded the M113 series as one of the most versatile armored vehicles in the Army's inventory since 1960. More than 80,000 have been produced and used in more than 50 countries.

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