SJPD to give back armored police vehicle to Military

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose police department is giving back its armored police vehicle to the military.

The city is keeping its 15-ton armored vehicle at an undisclosed location.

A police spokesperson says the department received a mine-resistant, ambush-protected troop transport, or M-Rap, from the United States Military earlier this year.

Now it's giving it back saying it's not worth the potential damage to the department's image.

"Really what it comes down to is keeping the trust of the community here in San Jose. That's our most important thing," said San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol. "We know these vehicles can conjure up certain images for the community."

The San Jose Police Department says the armored vehicle will now go to another police agency waiting to get one.
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