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Armored vehicle

Sheriff’s office purchase sparks reactions

October 30, 2013

Some people question why the Washington County Sheriff's Office is spending nearly $190,000 to acquire a pair of armored vehicles, while others say that in an era when unthinkable violence seems to......

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acengineer

Oct-30-13 5:25 AM

This just seems like a law enforcement toy. Why not purchase stinger missiles and that minigun Jesse Ventura used in Predator? I mean, you just never know.

Fully disclose the maintenance costs and the cost to the city/county for this thing that according to the article gets used once a month, probably in parades, and then 2 years ago it would have been driven to a situation that was resolved? And why two? Waste of money.

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mttamadness

Oct-30-13 5:55 AM

Seems like the money could have been utilized in better ways to serve our community. While I value and respect officer safety, is this really a needed item? How about increasing school safety? Protecting 300 kids in a school or 2 deputies in a truck.I think that is a decision we can all stand behind.

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Alwayssomething

Oct-30-13 6:49 AM

Should be about as useful as the helicopter . . .

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displayname

Oct-30-13 7:42 AM

Am I reading this article correctly? The WCSO ordered a used one for $134,114 BEFORE waiting to see if they got the grant for a new one! Then after learning they received the grant of $ 199,000 for a new one they decided that instead of canceling the used one and paying whatever fee or penalty is involved they would add $ 55,038 to the pot and now we have TWO of them on the way. I am not sure what is more surprising. One being that the WCSO spent the nearly 190,000.00 to have two of them when the need for the first one is questioned, or that the Times actually told us about it.

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NasCarNut

Oct-30-13 7:49 AM

All you gun nuts get ready, they'll be using these armored vehicles to come take your guns ;)

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Aurora

Oct-30-13 8:13 AM

Reminds me of Barney Fife."But Andy! We don't have any motorsickles, tear gas or even a sub machine gun!! How can we protect ourselves" However, you must admit it's a very different world today.

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Libertyforall

Oct-30-13 8:15 AM

The second new Bearcat being purchased was purchased with grant dollars that had to be used specifically for the purpose described. But I cannot understand why this county would need two. I would like to see the Shriff spend more money on putting more road deputies on patarol in marked cars instead of more investigators. I live in the County and rarely see a deputy patrol my road. We have enough "investigators" and other uneccessary personnell. Put the money where it needs to be used and for the benefit of Washington County. As well as to keep the first respnding officers safe.

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displayname

Oct-30-13 8:34 AM

I would like to make a couple more points! We can all set here and criticize the WCSO but we must remember that it’s run by one person who is an ELECTED official and we elected him. The WCSO budget is also approved by the county commissioners. These commissioners have the right and the obligation to question certain aspects of that budget, but do they? There is a certain amount of oversight that they can utilize concerning what our tax money is spent on once received by the WCSO. These commissioners are also ELECTED officials so when we are laying blame or questioning expenditures we need to keep in mind just who all is responsible for these expenditures. Let’s keep this in mind at election time !

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displayname

Oct-30-13 8:34 AM

I would like to make a couple more points! We can all set here and criticize the WCSO but we must remember that it’s run by one person who is an ELECTED official and we elected him. The WCSO budget is also approved by the county commissioners. These commissioners have the right and the obligation to question certain aspects of that budget, but do they? There is a certain amount of oversight that they can utilize concerning what our tax money is spent on once received by the WCSO. These commissioners are also ELECTED officials so when we are laying blame or questioning expenditures we need to keep in mind just who all is responsible for these expenditures. Let’s keep this in mind at election time !

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samy07

Oct-30-13 9:22 AM

I also think this is a big waste of money. I would love to see a report on how much the old one was used for actual emergencies, not for the deputies taking it out to play.

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Pdragon

Oct-30-13 9:28 AM

You just never know when you might need an armored vehicle in Marietta. Some of the homeless might over run the Burger King and take hostages. The armored car purchase is even stupider than the helicopter.

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Pdragon

Oct-30-13 9:28 AM

I agree with the previous poster, "these people are ELECTED officials. When you have a good ole boy regime like Washington County, change begins at the voting booth.

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Alwayssomething

Oct-30-13 9:49 AM

Maybe the counties that we've assisted could buy the expensive equipment, and then we could ask them to help US.

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Baseball

Oct-30-13 10:00 AM

How much can I buy the old one for? That way I have one for when they try to take my guns.

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MT1234

Oct-30-13 10:18 AM

Well, you never know when a guy might try to rob a bank while driving a T-72, so they might want to upgrade to an M1A1 Abrams, just in case.

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Lizard

Oct-30-13 10:31 AM

I heard that Moon Mullen is going to be driving one of these around to advertise his failing Front Street pub and pizza joint! He'll have a loudspeaker on the roof (bullet proofed, of course) and have Kalter ride around in it with him spending tax payer money doing double duty. While Mullen is blaring his ads for the Over The Moon Pis.s.eria, Kalter will be surveying properties for excess trash and broken windows so he can serve them a repair notice.

Sounds like a great use of tax payer money if you ask me!

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GoldenDuke

Oct-30-13 10:39 AM

Libertyforall wrote "grant dollars that had to be used specifically for the purpose described"....Really? Do they HAVE to spend it??? When I saw the report I couldn't believe the purchases were approved. I agree with mttamadness about putting more focus on school safety. Personal experience regarding grade school safety....I wasn't impressed when I had to drop something off at my granddaughter's grade school. I never gave "safety" a thought (as far as armed intruders) when my kids were little. Now is a totally different time. It was very easy for me to get through the "secured" front entrance without anyone verifying who I was...just saying...

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Tessie

Oct-30-13 11:03 AM

Thank you MT and Mr. Bevins for writing this article and for bringing the facts to light.

Some of the funds for the purchase come from Homeland Security. The original article about this led me to believe that the vehicle might be necessary for defense in the event of an attack on the Willow Island Dam, or one of the chemical plants in the area. I don't think the intent of the grant is to purchase one of these vehicles to respond to a domestic violence call.

We have elected officials and department employees who just want to buy military grade "toys" aka weapons. We have elected officials who play with antique military "toys" as a hobby, and now they want modern ones to complete their weapons store.

This is a blatant waste of county money. Every one of those responsible for this decision should be voted out of office. This is just one of many poorly thought out decisions about taxpayer money.

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jeepman121

Oct-30-13 11:06 AM

Just an FYI Lizard - Moon isn't the Mayor anymore...

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jeepman121

Oct-30-13 11:17 AM

Whats next? A drone? This is as stupid as Marietta PD getting the rescue boat with grant money, even though they only have jurisdiction on a few miles of the MUSKINGUM RIVER. - Especially since the fire dept got one also.

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mrhomer

Oct-30-13 11:30 AM

"Oversight with our money?"....non-existant...so get out there and vote...starting with City Council.

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Lizard

Oct-30-13 11:36 AM

Moon isn't mayor-of course. I never said he still was mayor jeepy. But, he's still sucking down tax payer money where ever he can! Same thing with most of these people. They love the perks along with the office and the pension years whether or not they accomplish anything worthwhile. Remember when Kalter took office again recently and demanded an IPad to get messages on? They all had to get IPads, at our expense, so they could read their e-mails. Wow. No wonder we're all broke. It's always easier spending other people's money!

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JoshBrown

Oct-30-13 11:47 AM

Why not get a couple M-1 tanks and some flame throwers too.I can't wait till they start building reeducation camps and calling them family fun camps.

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Anjahlena

Oct-30-13 11:56 AM

Before you get all ready to jump on the mighty critical wagon and ride sally ride, 1st take a simple second to type the names of your family members in THIS little box as though they would be the men and women responding in THAT box on wheels and then attach the $ sign to their lives. Should make us all agree its worth every penny.

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acengineer

Oct-30-13 12:08 PM

If you don't like the state of the city, change it!

Vote Boersma!

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