The Winchester Police Department has recently acquired two specialty vehicles to assist with handling non-conventional incidents. The rapid deployment vehicle replaces a vehicle that has been in service for a number of years. It is used by the SWAT Team in tactical situations to transport team members and their equipment to a scene. In addition, the Winchester Police Department and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office have each acquired an armored vehicle joining hundreds of other agencies across the nation. The Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected “MRAPs” were acquired in May through the military surplus program. The vehicle will be used by the Winchester Police Department as a rescue vehicle to evacuate a citizen, hostage, or officer who is injured or down in what is considered a “hot zone”.
The MRAP which is valued at $733,000 came at no cost to the agencies, outside of a delivery fee.