San Diego school district acquires MRAP (basically a tank) from Dept. of Defense


The San Diego Unified School District police recently acquired a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, through the federal government's surplus military equipment program.

All they had to pay was $5,000 for shipping; the vehicle was free.

The district acquired the MRAP as part of the Department of Defense’s Excess Property Program (aka 1033 Program) which recycles no-longer-needed military equipment to local police forces, for free--Ferguson, Missouri took advantage of this, too.

No joke: in response to public outcry ("Why does the school district need a tank?") the police say they're going to stuff it with teddy bears and emergency supplies, and use it as an emergency response vehicle. Seems legit.


The district intends to deploy the MRAP solely as a rescue vehicle.
“When we have an emergency at a school, we’ve got to get in and save kids,” said [ Joe Florentino, a captain with the department].

“Our idea is ‘How can we get in and pull out a classroom at a time of kids if there’s an active shooter?’ said Florentino. “‘If there’s a fire [or] if there’s an earthquake, can we rip down a wall?’ Stuff like that.”

KPBS has more, and was among the first to report.