A number of residents in Nevada County feel the recent acquisition of a large armored vehicle by the sheriff’s office is an example of militarization of law enforcement in Nevada County. Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal says that is not the case. The explosive and large caliber weapon resistant vehicle is for safe transport purposes.
Royal says the vehicle was made available through a US military vehicle retrofit and re-purpose program.
The MRAP is superior to the former vehicle the Sheriff was using to transport officers into dangerous situations.
Sheriff Royal says the county saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by going through the military program.
Royal acknowledges the vehicle purchase raises concerns with some member so the community, so he emphasizes the vehicle is thick skinned- but not armed.
To help soften the perception of the vehicle, the sheriff plans to have the MRAP painted a more friendly color than its current military camouflage.