Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Maynard standing in the open hatch of Custer County’s new mine-resistant armored vehicle gives an idea of the enormous size of the 20-ton machine. Sheriff Bruce Peoples said it can be used to subdue barricaded criminals without risking the lives of his deputies or other law enforcement personnel.

Sheriff gets surplused armored car

The U.S. military is downsizing, and Sheriff Bruce Peoples is happy to pick up the pieces.

Peoples and two of his deputies made a trip in April to a government surplus equipment facility in Sealy, Texas, west of Houston. They came back with a 2007-model, 20-ton, 10-foot-high, armor-plated vehicle used by the troops in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. Peoples said it had a $733,000 price tag on it, but it’s now property of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office – and  it didn’t cost his department anything.

“They had thousands of vehicles down there,” he said. “They had about 900 of these. Over the last several years there have been numerous programs where the military was offering armor-type vehicles to sheriff’s offices, police departments and state agencies.”

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