Ada County Sheriffs officials gave the public a glimpse of their new U.S. Military Surplus Reva 4x4 MKII Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) Tuesday.
The Ada County Sheriffs Office was one of 10 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. to receive a decommissioned APC from the U.S. military in 2011. More than 2,000 law enforcement agencies made inquires about the APC program. Other agencies that got the APCs include the Deschutes County Sheriffs Office in Bend, the St. George Police Department in Utah and the Reno Police Department.
The Reva has already been used by the Ada County Sheriffs SWAT team. The main purpose of the vehicle is to provide cover for deputies and paramedics and to help officers reach people and places they wouldnt have been able to get to safely before, sheriffs spokeswoman Andrea Dearden said.
Ada County did not have to pay for the APC, which can cost as much as $150,000, Dearden said.
Ace Autobody and Customs (657 N. Linder Road in Meridian) donated their time and equipment to get the Reva in pristine shape, Dearden said.
The sheriffs office plans to make the APC available to other local law enforcement agencies that have a need for it. Meridian Police used the APC earlier this month to get into a garage in the 1000 block of East Chateau Drive during a armed standoff.
Ada Countys APC came from Iraq and had some dents from gunfire when it was shipped to the Boise area in 2011.