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MRAP Comes to Woodland, to Mixed Reactions

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A Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, is a bullet and bomb proof vehicle designed for a war zone that will soon be on the streets of Woodland.

"It's not a piece of equipment that we use on a day to day basis. These vehicles aren't used on patrol," Sergeant Brett Hancock, spokesperson for the Woodland Police Department, said Friday.

But on the days it is needed, Sgt. Hancock said it will save the lives of both civilians and officers.

"It’s a safety tool. It's like me wearing a bullet proof vest, just a lot bigger," Hancock told FOX40.

However, Woodland citizens we asked don't believe their police department needs it.

"Not here. Maybe in Sacramento, but not in Woodland," business owner Sergio Ortiz said.

"In Woodland? Nah! If you were in a major city where things happen like that, that's a whole different ball game," resident James Allen said.

Residents in Davis felt the same way, about the exact same vehicle.

In October, their City Council voted to removed the MRAP from the police department's arsenal, so it was sent to Woodland.

“No, it's not a good investment," Ortiz said.

But Sgt. Hancock said the federal government gave the MRAP to them through the 10-33 program after Davis returned it.

And the department owning an armored vehicle is nothing new.

Woodland police already have a 1985 brigadier armored truck.

In the long run, Hancock said the MRAP will save the city money.

"It's going to reduce the city's cost and maintenance cost," Hancock told FOX40.