Reno County law enforcement getting new armored vehicle

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In a month, the Reno County Sheriff's Office will have an armored vehicle ready to roll in case of emergencies. 

It's a tool the sheriff's office didn't have but needed during a stand off that happened nearly two years ago on Christmas.  Reno County Sheriff's Office asked Wichita Police Department to assist and bring its armored vehicle to diffuse the situations. After that incident in 2015, Captain Campbell put a proposal together for the Department of Homeland Security to get a vehicle of their own. 

Captain Darrian Campbell with the sheriff's office said, "it's a tool to help our officers do what they do, better. It protects them in doing what they can do."

"This helps protect officers to get closer so there's a quicker response. It will come with a ram on the front of it in case we need to breach a door," Campbell said.

The vehicle will be used by both the Sheriff's Office and Hutchinson Police Department.

The new equipment will not be funded by tax payers. A majority of the vehicle is being paid through Department of Homeland Security funds and about $38,000 of it comes from seized assets from drug cases. 

The vehicle costs about $282,000 and was purchased through Lenco Industries. 

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