Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Columbia Police Department has added new set of wheels to its fleet.
The new armored vehicle made its debut in the Columbia Veterans Day Parade Monday morning. It is a MRAP or Mine Resistance Ambush Protected vehicle.
Police says it can help protect officers and the public during dangerous situations.
The unit comes from Fort Bragg as a military surplus item to be used for civilian use. S.W.A.T. Commander Captain E. M. Marsh says it was valued at about $658,000.
He says the department is involved in the Military's 1033 program, that allowed them to get the military vehicle for free.
Marsh says the vehicle was outfitted for the department with free services from Summit Pain and Body and work from the SWAT Team.
"As a part of a labor of love I guess you could say, we actually, as a S.W.A.T. team, got together on both vehicles and to included this one and did all the prep work for it and everything and the partners in the community actually came in a painted it for us," said Marsh.
He says about 500 similar vehicles went to agencies across the country.