New Hope PD Acquires MRAP Vehicle

New Hope PD Acquires MRAP Vehicle
Posted on 05/30/2019
The city of New Hope today announced that the New Hope Police Department has acquired an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) Vehicle.

The MRAP was obtained by the New Hope Police Department to assist in any situation to provide safer protection to both residents and officers.

The city received the MRAP for free from the 1033 Program which permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer, without charge, excess U.S. Department of Defense personal property (supplies and equipment) to state and local law enforcement agencies.

The city of New Hope budgeted $65,000 to convert the MRAP into a vehicle suitable for the needs of the New Hope Police Department, including repainting the exterior, adding side ramps and rails for officer transport, and having the machine gun turret converted to a bullet-resistant observational platform.

“This vehicle is designed to withstand weapon assault while safely inserting officers into hostile situations or protecting civilians being removed from adverse circumstances,” New Hope Police Chief Tim Fournier said. “Although originally designed to be mine-resistant, the MRAP will be used domestically to provide safety and minimize risks for the public and police.”

Although owned by NHPD, the MRAP will be utilized by the West Metro Swat Team that includes the cities of New Hope, Crystal and Robbinsdale. All officers who drive the MRAP will first attend a required training course.

The New Hope MRAP can also be called into service if needed for mutual aid by other Twin Cities area police departments. Currently, there are only a small number of MRAPs in operation in the area, including Elk River, St. Cloud and South Lake Minnetonka.

The MRAP will first be unveiled for public viewing at the Vehicle Fair, coming Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Crystal Community Center (4800 Douglas Dr.). Adults and children will be able to get up close and see the MRAP.

See below for pictures: