Grayson County Sheriff's Office gets armored vehicle

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - The Grayson County Sheriff's Office picked up their first armored vehicle Tuesday.

It's called a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, and it's the first armored vehicle in Grayson County.

"The main thing behind this vehicle is to keep law enforcement safe," said Lt. Heath Wester with the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

Wester said it will mostly be used by the Special Response Team in dangerous situations.

He said it will also help protect the public.

"A barricaded person, active shooters, officer rescue, it could be used for natural disasters where we may have high water rescue or something like that," Wester said.

The market value of the MRAP vehicle is $ 500,000, but Wester said it did not cost the county any money thanks to the Texas Law Enforcement Support Office program.

"We had to apply for it, go through a grant process, and then we just got awarded the truck," Wester said.

Wester said the truck's value is priceless.

"The ultimate goal is to go home at the end of the day and with this vehicle we think that'll help," Wester said.

Wester said they hope to start using the truck by the end of the month.

He said they plan to paint it green, add the sheriff's office logo and install lights.

Wester said he knows it will be put to good use.

"There's so many times we take on gunfire that we don't have the protection up here, this will allow us to be safe," Wester said.