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Valley law enforcement supports using surplus military vehicles

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The situation in Ferguson has some lawmakers questioning the use of armored military-style vehicles by local law enforcement. However, the Mahoning Valley Task Force and Boardman Police Department, have recently obtained surplus military vehicles at no cost.

A member of the Senate Homeland Security committee, feels that while trying to restore calm, the use of tank-like vehicles in Ferguson did more harm than good, and only aggravated the situation.

Meanwhile, local authorities say the military vehicles are primarily used in emergency rescue situations.

"This would be the ideal thing. I mean we can usually fit, for example, 25 to 39 school children in the back of it if they ever had to be removed from a school under those type of situations," said Boardman chief of police, Jack Nichols. 

The vehicle could also be utilized for rescues in flooding situations. 

Nichols says the vehicle is brand new and requires minimum maintenance.

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