DuBois City Police Proud to announce delivery of first of several Armored Vehicles
by: James Trickoski
Posted: Apr 1, 2021 / 11:13 AM EDT /
CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)
Today, the DuBois City Police Department has received the first of three armored "MRAP" vehicles for the department use. "We are pleased to announce that the first fully armored patrol unit has arrived!" Said Police Chief Blaine Clark. "We are very excited to add an armored capability to the DuBois City arsenal." City Manager Herm Suplizio said of the new vehicle: "Its something the police department has needed for a long time...It's been a long time coming" When asked about the plans for the vehicle, Clark provided the following thoughts: "Well, first and foremost, its about the community. Once all three have been outfitted with lights and sirens, the vehicles will be used for patrolling the more dangerous neighborhoods as well as the "High Crime Areas" such as the Tannery Dam, Showers Field and the City Park. We also plan to use them extensively during Community Days for clearing the parade route of illegally parked vehicles."
Clark and Officers with the City's first MRAP patrol vehicle
Members of the community are very excited about the new vehicles as well. A local gas station manager, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said of the new fleet: "I'm looking forward to the economic benefit the community will be seeing with the introduction of these new vehicles. At 1/3 mile to the gallon coupled with a 200 gallon fuel tank, we expect to see some rather substantial gas purchases by the City. The tires also cost about $1900 apiece and wear out pretty quick, so there's that too...a lot of good stuff!"
The MRAP, a Military "Mine Resistant April Phools" vehicle is used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan. Once the military is finished with them, they are sometimes made available to police departments who need a little extra protection. The vehicles acquired by the DuBois City Police Department were provided by the US Army and shipped directly from overseas. "It was a sound investment" Said Mayor Walsh of the vehicles. "It cost the City about $42,000 apiece to ship them by boat from overseas, but we feel that the community deserves the best!"
At a top speed of 28 miles per hour, they won't see a lot of use in traffic enforcement, but they may be used to enforce many parking laws around the city. "They do alright on the City streets." said one DuBois Officer who was recently trained to drive the new vehicles. "It gets a little dicey on some of the narrow streets, especially the one way streets with on street parking. The good news is that most obstacles can be either driven over or around."