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Police to get armored vehicle

Madison County

The Fredericktown Police Department will be receiving a vehicle as part of its SRT training.

Fredericktown Police Captain Eric Hovis said the department applied for a grant through Brinks more than a year ago and recently found out it will be getting a 2002 Brinks Armored Truck.

“Once their armored trucks reach a certain number of miles they take them out of commission,” Hovis said. “They have a grant process cities can apply through to receive one of the trucks and we have been on the list for more than a year.”

The armored truck will be used as a command post for the police and sheriff departments and equipped with radios.

“We will be able to use the truck for hostage rescues, if there are shots fired or other rescue situations,” Hovis said. “When we were called out to help with the shooting of Deputy Chris Parsons we saw how important things like this were. We were involved in the manhunt and that’s when we began our SRT training.”

The Fredericktown Police Department is expecting the truck by Dec. 1.

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