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Local Cops Now Have 2 Big Vehicles

This week's delivery of the Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck, or BearCat, to the sheriff's office, makes it the second such vehicle now owned by Kootenai County law enforcement agencies. Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug told The Press that his department's ballistic vehicle, the MaxxPro Plus, is very similar to the BearCat. "Our vehicle is about the same length, but it sits up a little bit taller than the BearCat," Haug said of the vehicle, which was obtained in 2013. "But it's going to be very similar in what it offers as far as ballistic protection." The department received the $658,000 vehicle at no cost through a federal program that has transferred more $5.1 billion in military equipment from the United States Army to local law enforcement agencies since 1997. The sheriff's office BearCat was purchased entirely with drug forfeiture funds for $335,000/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Press Photo by Tess Freeman: Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug watches as Police Captain Pat Knight wipes a spot off their Navistar Maxx Pro at the Post Falls Police Department)

Question: Post Falls received their MaxxPro Plus free, while KCSO paid $335K for its via drug money confiscated. Should Coeur d'Alene get one of these, too?

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