Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Dangerous" Fond du Lac?

The militarization of the local PD.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department says it has become the nation's first law enforcement agency to buy a $220,000 Oshkosh Corp. tactical vehicle that's based on a military truck used in the mountains of Afghanistan.

The truck, which has an armored body and bulletproof windows, is designed for urban settings as well as off-road use,...

So this is really, really, necessary?

Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mylan Fink said the area has seen a significant increase in the number of incidents requiring the department's tactical team - from delivering high-risk warrants to calls involving armed suspects.

In March, two City of Fond du Lac police officers were shot, one fatally, while responding to the home of a man who was firing a gun.

At the end of a six-hour standoff, the man who shot the officers was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

"Our officers are managing high-risk situations that continue to grow in severity and numbers," Fink said in a news release.

The loss of two officers is horrible.  But a military-grade armored truck would not have prevented that loss, Sheriff.  You weren't going to drive that truck into the house, were you?

More on militarizing the LEO's here.  It's not a good trend.

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