WICHITA, Kan. — The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office recently acquired an armored vehicle though a military surplus program.
The sheriff's office said several recent media inquiries have been made in reference to military items the department possesses. The only item is the MRAP armored vehicle.
Lt. Dave Mattingly said the vehicle was acquired through military surplus, using no tax dollars. The department did invest $15,000 to ready it for service, including paint and communications equipment that was purchased with asset forfeiture funds.
Deputies who drive the vehicle had to attend the county fire department's large vehicle operation course through the Army, and will also attend a two-day armored rescue vehicle course in November. They must also have a Class B driver's license.
It's already been deployed three times in the four months it's been in service. The sheriff's office said it's an invaluable tool that allows deputies to enter hazardous situations safely, and is available to the entire 19-county, south central region of the state.