(WLNS) – East Lansing Police released a statement today saying they are not interested in an armored vehicle, because their regional tactical response team already has one.
Three years ago, ELPD requested an armored vehicle when the federal government was offering military surplus equipment.
ELPD did look at one vehicle, which was not what they were looking for, and have since joined with Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State University Police and Meridian Township Police as the Ingham Regional Tactical Response Team.
As soon as ELPD joined with the other Ingham County Departments, they no longer needed an armored vehicle because they are able to use the one MSU Police have.
The last time the Tactical Response Team used their vehicle was in May of 2014.
Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth told 6 News if multiple situations were to take place in Ingham at the same time, Lansing Police would help with back up.
“Give the people who still are interested in it first dibs, there’s no sense wasting time contacting us when one, we don’t need one, and two, we wouldn’t be interested even if you had one for us,” Lt. Wriggelsworth said.
ELPD is working to take their name off of the Federal Government list of local governments interested in an armored vehicle.