Some question new La Plata Co. Sheriff armored vehicle

Created: 07/14/2014 7:05 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

To some it may look like a huge toy, but its leaving others scratching their heads.

“I think it is over the top for a place like Durango,” said Barbera Crowder of La Plata County. She is talking about the La Plata County Sheriff Office's new armored rescue vehicle.

The vehicle is monstrous.

It towers over a deputy in a photo provided by the sheriff’s office.

It replaces a more than 30 year old armored vehicle and is worth more than $650,000.

It was part of a program to provide surplus equipment to law enforcement.

The sheriff's office only paid about $4,000 to add lights and radios. But is it really necessary?

“Not in this county, no,” said Shayne Williams-O’Connor.

Residents of La Plata County we talked to say, it is overkill.

“There is just not enough violent crimes here,” said Williams-O’Connor. “There has been nothing to indicate that we need that much artillery or force,” said Crowder.

Spokesman for the sheriff's office say that the vehicle has many uses but mainly as rescue during dangerous situations or natural disasters.

Williams-O’Connor says it’s still unnecessary, “I understand somewhere like Los Angeles or Denver, but small towns, Durango, it’s not needed.”

And as far as what the La Plata County Sheriff's Office might need instead?

“I think more man power would be warranted before more heavy equipment like that, that would be more justified I think,” Crowder said.

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