NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - Police in the Fox Valley say they'll get plenty of use from a surplus military vehicle to handle high risk SWAT-type situations.
Neenah Police officials say there's been a negative public perception about the mine resistant Caiman multi-terrain vehicle.
It was first announced almost two months ago that Appleton Police and the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department were awarded the 37,000 pound unit, after they applied to get it. Neenah Police will also use it -- and Captain Tom Long tells the Appleton Post-Crescent that his city has averaged 52 to 54 high risk incidents each year over the past decade.
Neenah officials say the Caiman will replace its older armored vehicle, which does not stop high powered bullets. The area received the new unit from the Pentagon's excess property program.
At the time it was announced, Appleton Police said his department had to borrow vehicles from nearby Oshkosh and Green Bay to handle incidents involving high powered weapons -- and having its own unit will make response times faster.
The applicants only had to pay shipping costs, plus equipment to convert the vehicle to police standards.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)