Cops give up tank received from military surplus

SAGINAW, Michigan (WEYI) – Michigan’s Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office has 19-ton tank that can resist mines and survive ambushes, but after a year with the force it’s rolling out of town.

“We don’t feel there’s a need to have a lot of military equipment as a civilian police force,” says Sheriff William Federspiel.

He says his department receiving the tank free of charge last year from the U.S. Army.

“That was a maintenance nightmare and again, even though the parts were free, the installation of those parts was not free,” says Federspiel.

The sheriff says he made the decision well before the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

“This has nothing to do with it even though it’s close to it, close the time that it happened. It’s based entirely on budget,” says Federspiel.

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