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“These vehicles are designed and implemented by this agency to bring a safe resolution to critical incidents such as barricaded suspects, hostage situations, active shooter incidents while also providing ballistic protection to deputies and citizens,” Hoffmeyer said.
Both vehicles were purchased through Homeland Security Grants and asset forfeiture funds.
For other area police departments, while the types of supplies they acquire might vary, they see it as a very cost effective way to get supplies.
The Plainfield Police Department has been active in acquiring various supplies via LESO. Departments typically pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to about $1,000 a year, depending on the department’s size, to be a part of the program and get the supplies for free. The only extra costs include upkeep and maintenance.
So for Police Chief John Konopek, the program has been beneficial for his department because instead of spending several millions of dollars for equipment, the department has only had to spend a few thousand dollars over the years to maintain it.