10 City Council to Accept Donation of One Peace Keeper Armored Vehicle from the United States Federal Government.

Meeting Date: OCTOBER 21, 2014

Agenda Item #10. City Council to Accept Donation of One Peace Keeper Armored Vehicle from the United States Federal Government.

Note from TheGardeningSnail. Part (or all) of this page was produced by running a PDF Image File through a program that converts Image to Text. Apologies for any Textual Gremlins that may have crept in. I have also taken the liberty of including a photo of a  Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Armored Vehicle that I found on the Internet.

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STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: City Council to Accept Donation of One Peace Keeper Armored Vehicle from the United States Federal Government.

MEETING DATE: October 21, 2014

PREPARED BY: Ruben Chavez, Chief of Police REVIEWED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager

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RECOMMENDATION:

That City Council accepts the donation of one surplused Peace Keeper Armored Vehicle also referred to as the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) which are being donated to cities throughout the United States.

BACKGROUND:

The Livingston Police Department currently relies upon the Merced County Sheriff s Department for high risk incidents. There currently exists a need to provide immediate protection to the public and officers in the event of an immediate public safety threat or rescue situation. Time is of the essence and the safety of our community is paramount. In the event of an immediate threat to the public such as an active shooter situation; officers would be better equipped to respond in a timely manner to save lives.

DISCUSSION:

The Untied States Federal Government currently has a program where surplused equipment is donated to local jurisdictions. The Police Department has benefitted greatly by accepting various items over the years to include a Deuce and half, Tractors, Fork Lifts, a van which was used as an evidence van, a truck, and ballistic helmets. They are in the process of surplusing Peace Keeper Armored Vehicles to police departments across the country. The vehicles are designed to withstand gunfire and explosives. They provide a superior level of protection to officers who must drive into a high risk situation. They are used to protect the officers as well as rescuing a person whose life may be in peril.

Many departments across the country have been provided Peace Keepers as part of their fleet. These types of vehicles are currently used by the Merced County Sheriff s Department and the Merced Police Department’s SWAT Units. The vehicle is not intended to replace our current practice of utilizing MCSD SWAT for high risk situations, but to supplement and provide a resource in the event of an immediate need of such vehicle.

The vehicle can also be used as an educational and public relations tool at various community events. The Department hosts a bicycle rodeo and borrows an armored BEAR CAT from the MCSD. This will allow the Department to provide our own armored vehicle for display.

The vehicles are reported to be in good working order and do not need any mechanical work. The Department may paint the vehicles to be consistent with city government as opposed to drab green which represents a military vehicle.

FISCAL IMPACT:

The donation of the PEACE KEEPER will have minimal impact to the budget. The costs associated with the vehicle will be related to maintenance to include oil changes, brakes, and tires as well as the costs of fuel for transportation from Texas to Livingston.

ATTACHMENTS:

None.

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