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Biloxi police say armored vehicles becoming more necessary for law enforcement

The vehicle was donated to the department two years ago. (Photo source: WLOX News) The vehicle was donated to the department two years ago. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Biloxi police Chief John Miller says the shootout in San Bernadino, and incidents like it, can be learning lessons for law enforcement on how to be prepared for dangerous situations.

Recently, officers showed off a valuable piece of equipment in case they ever get into a gun battle — an armored vehicle. 

Lt. Lou Soldo  said, "We also re-armored it by taking our old ballistic vests that we had, our old bullet proof vests, we took the panelings out and shoved the vest back into the vehicle and re-covered the paneling. So not only did we have the protection that came with it we added a little extra inside of it. "

Donated to the department two years ago, slots in the vehicle walls allow officers to shoot suspects trying to come inside. However, the police chief says the armored vehicle's primary mission is to help police rescue victims while bullets are flying through the air.

"Where there is someone firing at us and we need to get close, and either get officers in or get officers, out or pick up civilians or people that might be injured. That's it's purpose," said Miller. "It would be terrible to have someone injured and not be able to get close enough to pick them up and just have to wait."

Officers say unfortunately there may be situations where gunshot victims do have to wait for help. 

"The first officers on the scene know that they are going to go in. They're job is to immediately group up, take what they need and go in with the job of not looking for wounded people or anything like that. Their job is to neutralize the threat," said Miller. 

In these times police say armored vehicles are a necessity for law enforcement.  

"Back before we didn't have all these high powered weapons that the criminals are now getting a hold of and we need something that is going to try to protect us and the civilians." said Soldo.. 

Biloxi police are reminding people if they see anything suspicious to call authorities.

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