EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department recently acquired an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle) through the Law Enforcement Support Office Program (LESO), which facilitates the 1033 program, which originated from the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997. This law allows transfer of excess Department of Defense property that might otherwise be destroyed to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories.
The newly acquired MRAP, valued at $700,000, holds approximately 8 to 12 people and can cross any terrain. The MRAP was acquired through the LESO program at no cost to the Township. The only fee incurred was to transport the vehicle from Florida to East Brunswick for $4,850, which was paid for using Forfeiture Funds, again at no cost to the taxpayer. Additionally, should the vehicle need parts in the future, the procurement of those parts would be through the LESO Program as well.
The vehicle will be designated as a rescue vehicle and is ideal for operations during all types of severe weather conditions, allowing officers to access flooded areas or areas affected by heavy snowfall or in the event of any emergency. It allows officers to respond to medical emergencies, transport medical personnel into any situation and in any weather condition to a hospital.
Officers can also remove or pull trees from roadways when safe to do so to allow ingress and egress during emergent events. The MRAP can also easily transport officers and equipment in a safe manner regardless of the circumstance or weather conditions. The vehicle will allow officers to respond to any critical incident including SWAT operations, search warrants, rescue of civilians and officers during any active shooter situation.
In addition to the East Brunswick Police Department, the MRAP will be readily available for the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office to use in similar situations.