Mission Police's new SWAT vehicle
MISSION, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The Mission Police Department has a new toy.
It's called the M-RAP, short for mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. Mission Police already put it to use on Wednesday during a standoff with a man in his home.
It's an army surplus vehicle that was used in Afghanistan. It costs $777,000. But Mission Police didn't have to pay that much. It was free because of a grant from the state.
"Obviously the most important thing for me is the safety of our officers," Mission Chief Robert Dominguez said. "Our SWAT officers who again are responding to these type of situations where there's a person or persons with firearms that we need to be careful of."
The M-RAP can withstand shots from firearms as large as 50 caliber. Mission was granted the vehicle because of its proximity to Mexico.