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2 armored vehicles delivered to sheriff’s office

February 12, 2014

Two new towering armored vehicles capable of deflecting bullets, traveling in flooded areas, and detecting the presence of gas and chemicals are ready for deployment by the Washington County......

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Feb-12-14 5:45 AM

What a waste of taxpayer money. The 2 new "towering" vehicles matches the towering ego of your Sherriff. Next he will no doubt need drones to keep sleepy little Washington County safe.

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Feb-12-14 5:57 AM

I think readers really questioned why we were replacing one armored vehicle with two. I want our officers to be safe and capable of responding effectively to situations, so I really see no issue at all with accepting a grant to essentially cover the cost of ONE of these vehicles. Not accepting an available grant to upgrade any county equipment which is basically well beyond its shelf life would really require a little explaining. My issue is with regard to the second vehicle. Why on earth would we order another one at basically full cost to the county before knowing whether or not we were getting the first one......for in no additional financial burden on the county. Seems like inappropriate use of county funds, which I believe are limited.

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Feb-12-14 6:13 AM

You all would still find a reason to complain even if they both were totally free!! No one ever agrees on what every elected official does but it looks like to me that the Sheriff's office is aggressive at fighting crime and for that you all should be grateful.

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Feb-12-14 6:51 AM

Minks wasteful spending affects other Wash Co Departments.

And if the old vehicle was stalling, GET IT FIXED that would have been cheaper and made more sense.

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Feb-12-14 8:12 AM

So when are the F-16 that he ordered coming in ?

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Feb-12-14 8:14 AM

Sell the refurbished one. Why have two?

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Feb-12-14 8:24 AM

We're heading toward a police state, folks. Governments across the entire country are stocking up on heavy artillery, and few ever question why they need it. If things don't change soon, say goodbye to your freedoms as you know them.

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Feb-12-14 9:03 AM

All part of Obama's plans to control the populous when he tries to take over the country and confiscate firearms. "That's the nice thing about being President. I can do anything I want."

We're doomed.

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Feb-12-14 9:37 AM

Last month it was the LaserSpeed device and this month it's the Iron Giant...the Enforcers are prepared now...I feel safer already ;)

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Feb-12-14 9:43 AM

I bet the police station is packed with riot gear and body bags !

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Feb-12-14 9:45 AM

i think Mr. Minks is a fine man and a good public servant. But do we REALLY need these sorts of vehicles in our quiet little community?

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Feb-12-14 9:51 AM

NOW!! You better not mess with or **** off King Meeks...Lol

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Feb-12-14 10:07 AM

What happened to Chief Deputy Mark Warden??

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Feb-12-14 10:20 AM

"The cold air and elements meant that perimeter teams were switched out hourly, he added." After the Ransom home was bombarded with tear gas canisters, the same cold air and elements helped to destroy what the tear gas did not.

Keeping the peace is the first task of the sheriff's office and that's where Mr. Mincks should concentrate his energy and resources. Instead, he and our Revolutionary War Reenactor commissioners want to militarize the Sheriff's department and play war.

Let's keep the focus local for a minute and stop blaming Washington politics and Mr. Obama for what is a decision made by Mr. White, Mr. Feathers and Mr. Mincks. This is an abuse of power as far as I'm concerned and it should not have happened.

To use the Ransom case as an example shows just how weak their necessity argument is. That situation was escalated by the people who should have deescalated it. They seem to live by the principle that when your only tool is a hammer, every problem becom

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Feb-12-14 10:22 AM

When your only tool is a hammer, every problem becomes a nail. They have a very narrow focus, and now that Mr. Cunningham will not have another set of eyes on the budget, we can expect more of the same shenanigans.

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Feb-12-14 11:00 AM

asknot...If you can answer a question, you might help illuminate Obama's efforts in expecting and preparing for "civil unrest". Why has the govt been buying and stock piling BILLIONS of rounds of ammunition, much of which is only to be used domestically for deep penetrating wounds? That would be hollow point ammunition which is NOT used routinely for practice. In addition, the ammunition has been stock piled around the federal govt's various departments around the country including the DEA, NOAA, Postal Service, etc.


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Feb-12-14 11:07 AM

It seems to me that having a reentry plan at the jail and an in-patient facility for drug users would PREVENT the need for these armored trucks. But why spend the county's money wisely when you can just catch the same meth addicts over and over? All while getting positive attention in the media for it...

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Feb-12-14 12:18 PM

@Charbar: I agree totally. This is a total waste of money.....And they are going to have monthly training! That means more overtime money or less time that officers are out on the streets doing what they are supposed to. They need to realize that just being reactive to crime is never going to stop it. You have to be proactive in the fight against crime. As you said, treatment facilities and drug awareness programs would go way further in the battle against crime. These armored vehicles are just more unnecessary toys. It goes along with the same idea of building more prisons but not wanting to spent money on education. IMO

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Feb-12-14 1:01 PM

I have to agree with Oneil's last comment.

Anyway folks, we buy $500,000 fire trucks hoping we do not have to use them.

We build aircraft carrier hoping we don't have to use them.

We build helipads on top of the hospital for life flights hopoing we never have to use them.

But when you need these things, it is awful nice to have them.

When the Sheriffs department get a call to respond to a nut case of some other incident, I want the deputies to be safe.

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Feb-12-14 4:10 PM

Ask..the LAST lead smelting plant in the US shutterd in December.We now get to rely on corrossive,cheap chineese lead for our bullets WSJ December as far as this truck being used on the local population..Forshey was and woulda been a FAR greater threat than our current admin.When Parks was injured 99 times out of a hundred he woulda been getting swept up with a crime scene shop vac..but cooler heads prevailed and the shooter was taken alive.The Dept has shown restraint in my opinion

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Feb-12-14 4:14 PM

I shudder to think how dangerous living here woulda been with Forshey..

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Feb-12-14 4:55 PM

At least this vehicle is big enough that I'm sure it won't be "lost" like the AR-15. I just wonder how many Larry decals will be put on this thing when it's in all the parades?? What a waste of my money!

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Feb-12-14 4:57 PM

I keep hearing the John Astin character on Night Court, only now he is saying, " I'm feeling much SAFER now." Welcome to the Buckeye, er, I mean police state, Still think some are jealous of our freedom, Me, not so much....

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Feb-12-14 8:57 PM

How far right is Washington County that its residents would take a humble public servant such as Sherriff Minks and turn him into some kind of monster just waiting for his chance to devour all those who would dare to disagree with him?

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Feb-12-14 9:00 PM

Lizard may I point out that the sheriff is a republican while the president is a democrat. Perhaps you overlooked that while contemplating the 'takeover' which in your mind is bound to come

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