The Walla Walla Police Department has a new vehicle to use during training exercises and high risk operations.
WALLA WALLA, WA - The Walla Walla Police Department has a new vehicle to use during training exercises and high risk operations.
The Department of Defense gave the new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Armored Vehicle to the Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team. The MRAP offers a higher level of protection, providing full armor to SWAT members during volatile situations involving potentially armed suspects. It will also allow the safe evacuation of people in the event of an active shooter incident.
The City paid $6,900 to transport the MRAP to Walla Walla from Texas. The US Army paid $733,000 for the vehicle. One the vehicle gets emergency lights and police department identification, it will be displayed occasionally during local public events.
The SWAT team consists of police officers, deputies, and city firefighters and paramedics. The 15 team members train twice a month on tactical issues. In addition to training, the SWAT team is called out approximately seven times a year on high risk emergency situations which include the service of high risk search warrants.