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Old 09-10-2015, 06:28 AM   #1011
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What the frakk do they need that for?
So that their SWAT team don't feel inferior?
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:57 AM   #1012
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What the frakk do they need that for?
Well a lot of schools have stopped offering Drivers' Ed...but with new federal funding, some are starting to take up those classes again.

(Full Disclosure: There's a lot I woulda done to drive an armored vehicle as a 16-year-old.)

ETA: Less snarky answer: for the $5K price listed in the article, I can see a school with a *really good* vocational program buying one of these for their autoshop classes. Alas, the article fails to support that idea. The comments are pretty good, though.

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Old 09-10-2015, 08:33 AM   #1013
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The article mentions that the school district also owns "10 police cruisers", so apparently they're responsible for running their own police department for some reason (which is real-life weirdness of its own). Government works in mysterious ways.

The military is basically giving MRAPs away because they don't need most of them any more as Iraq and Afghanistan wind down; they're keeping about a third of them. Remember all the articles a while back with pundits indignant that they were scrapping billions of dollars worth of vehicles? Now people are indignant that some of them found another use rather than getting scrapped.

Might not be a bargain even at scrap prices because there's still the operational costs to consider. But if you think you have a need for a truck, it might not be such a terrible idea to start with a $5000 demilitarized MRAP than a $50,000 commercial Ford Expedition or $131,600 for a used fire rescue truck.
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Old 09-11-2015, 11:09 AM   #1014
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The article mentions that the school district also owns "10 police cruisers", so apparently they're responsible for running their own police department for some reason (which is real-life weirdness of its own). Government works in mysterious ways.
San Diego Unified School District.

San Diego's a big city. Based on that district name, I bet they have huge schools and the campuses are spread all over the city.
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:40 PM   #1015
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Something to keep in mind for these sorts of vehicles is with their carrying capacity, on board power generators, and their communication abilities, they are very useful for disaster relief. The fact that the U.S. government is essentially giving them away, makes them very attractive.
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Old 09-27-2015, 09:32 AM   #1016
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This is an impressive rampage.

Sounds like the PCs in some of my campaigns.
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Old 09-27-2015, 03:21 PM   #1017
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Nice shoes

Shoes out of a cyberpunk game. Or a spy game.
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Old 09-27-2015, 09:25 PM   #1018
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Nice shoes

Shoes out of a cyberpunk game. Or a spy game.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:44 PM   #1019
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I don't think I ever attended a school that routinely had police on the premises.

Cops in the schools seem be a US thing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_An...ice_Department
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Old 09-29-2015, 10:54 PM   #1020
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It's a big city American thing. I never once saw a cop in school that wasn't my father picking us up.

Edit: My father was a police officer. I realized today that my post could be taken in some odd ways if readers didn't know that fact.
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