Posted on August 27, 2015, by Brandon Crawford

MRAP under attack

Hot Springs Police Department points to grumpy gamblers, pissed theme parkers, and sassy shoppers in its request for an armored vehicle.

Thanks to a comprehensive FOIA request from Molly Redden and Mother Jones, documents from law enforcement agencies all over the country explaining their need for an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle) are available for our entertainment.

For instance, the Hot Springs Police Department provides this comical justification for a battlefield-ready vehicle for use in the community:
HSPD justification: Several critical areas of responsibility include the largest theme park in Arkansas Magic Springs Crystal Falls, Oaklawn Racetrack which has one of the largest daily attendance rates for horse racing in the nation, three hydroelectric dams in a national park located directly in the center of the city. Further we are regional shopping and commercial area and the daily population often exceeds 100,000.

Terrorism? Hostage situations?  Nope.
Enemy combatants?  Does theme park laser tag count?
IEDs?  Well, we do have horse shit to avoid.

Read the complete request form from HSPD below or get the pdf here. You may also be interested in the forms submitted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, or the Rogers Police Department.
HSPD 1033 request

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