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Sheriff Goodin: Maximizing Scott Counties Readiness for Anything

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 2:42pm

By Scott County Sheriff's Office, news release

The LAV's will also be on loan to our surrounding counties on an as-needed basis. 

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(Scott County, Ind.) - The Scott County Sheriff's Office has received numerous items from the military surplus program to include an ambulance, tents, miscellaneous tools, vehicles, and two Light Armored Vehicle (LAV). 

All the items received are free from the U. S. Government. The program is open to all law enforcement across the United States and has been used by Scott County Sheriff's in the past. 

The most noticeable of the items received are the tents that were set up at the Health Department and in the parking lot of the Sheriff's Office. Another of the most noticeable items are the LAV.

LAV's were received approximately nine months ago with one of the only costs being the transportation of the vehicles to Scott County and the general maintenance. 

The LAV's are fully operational and will be used as rescue vehicles for floods, snow, and icy weather, natural disasters, and active shooter situations. Being used as personnel carries with the capability of carrying between eight to ten people at a time will be the most common use for the sheriff's office. We can transport our deputies to the scenes of search warrants and other fluid active scenes, eliminating the need to travel with eight or ten police cars. It is truly a multi-purpose tool.

The LAV's will also be on loan to our surrounding counties on an as-needed basis. 

"Some people may say that we do not need these types of vehicles and some will even say we are militarizing the police department. In fact, no matter what you want to call it, we are being prepared for anything that could happen, keeping our citizens and deputies safe. It even makes it better knowing it comes at no or very little cost to local taxpayers. The LAV's alone being worth more than a million dollars," says Sheriff Goodin. 

Sheriff Gooding stated, It is not that the police across the United States are trying to militarize, the fact is, police have to be prepared to keep citizens and officers safe. With the current situation in the United States and across the world with rioters and terrorism, we must be prepared.

With the staunch support of the second amendment, Sheriff Goodin is aware of the vast number of high powered rifles, high capacity magazines, and ease of obtaining bomb-making materials such as tannerite. All of this making the job as a police officer much more difficult and dangerous. 

The LAV's let the sheriff's office be more prepared in events that cannot be controlled and will be used as a lifesaving tool. 

Sheriff Goodin has been on a mission to make the Scott County Sheriff's Office more professional. Being a professional agency means being trained, equipped, and prepared. We want the citizens of Scott County to understand that no matter what happens in Scott County, we will be prepared with our training and equipment.

Sheriff Goodin stated, "even though we have to prepare for the worst, we always hope the worst never happens." 

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