Department of public safety requests military-style equipment

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) -There's been a lot of talk recently on the militarization of police across the country.

Police organizations nationwide are asking for military style equipment.

The Utah State Department of Public Safety is one of them.

Commissioner Keith Squires talks more about why the department is requesting this equipment.

The department says some equipment developed for the military is very effective for protecting law enforcement officers while they are engaged in duties of protecting the public. It uses ballistic vests as an example.

It says it's not necessarily about the types of equipment, but about how and when police agencies use it.

Reasonableness and exercising restraint are key to having excellent police services.

DPS purchased an armored vehicle at a reduced cost through a military surplus program. It is called an M-RAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected). It is used to transport personnel and has no weapons mounted on it.

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