Photo of the Day: Prepping for the Worst
By Brandi Makuski
Local law enforcement is spending the day getting a feel for its newest tool- the Caiman MRAP military surplus vehicle.
Both the Stevens Point Police Department and Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office received the vehicles from the U.S. Army earlier this year, along with several other municipalities throughout the state. Area SWAT teams will practice maneuvering the vehicles today throughout Portage County, mainly on rural county roads.
The police department will have its vehicle on display during the Guns & Hoses fundraiser in September.
Officials from the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office and SPPD have both said the vehicles are not fitted for weaponry and used strictly for defensive measures, to include traversing roads otherwise impassable due to downed trees or flooding, citizen rescue and protection during armed conflicts in residential neighborhoods.