Images of policemen, operating military style vehicles and armed with military weapons to maintain order in Ferguson, Missouri, have raised awareness and concern that local police departments have such equipment. Plymouth, the largest town, geographically, in the state has a police force of over 100 men, dedicated to protecting a growing population.
Does it do so potentially with the use of military style equipment?
“Yes, as far as the equipment that we own, we have one Army vehicle, which is called a Bearcat –that’s the style of the vehicle. It’s main use, originally, through a Homeland Security grant, is to respond to the Nuclear Plant in a safe manner to transport people, should we have to get in there.”
That’s Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri. He says it’s not unusual for police departments to have military style equipment:
“In today’s world—with what we’ve seen over the last several years, it’s not uncommon that agencies have army vehicles. Most typically in this area, and in the entire Commonwealth, it’s the state police.”