Here at The Watch, we’re looking for the smallest town in America to acquire an MRAP, or Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected armored personnel vehicle.
But police departments are snatching them up. It’s part of the general trend toward more militarized domestic police forces that’s been happening since about the early 1980s.
Below, I’ve assembled a quick (but by no means comprehensive) rundown of towns and counties to have recently required an MRAP from the Defense Department. But we want to find the tiniest town in America whose police force will be protected from any potential insurgent uprising. So far, the leading contender is Dundee, Mich., a sprawling metropolis of 3,900 people. If you hear of a town with fewer people acquiring an MRAP, please let me know.
Towns and counties that have recently acquired an MRAP:
- Lyon County, Nev. (population: 51,000)
- Watertown, Conn. (population 22,000)
- Walla Walla, Wash. (population: 32,000)
- Michigan City, Ind. (population: 31,000)
- Mason City, Iowa (population: 28,000)
- Madison, Ind. (population 12,000)
- Willimantic, Conn. (population: 18,000)
- Cape Girardeau, Mo. (population: 39,000)
- Story County, Iowa (population: 91,000)
- Manteca, Calif. (population: 71,000)
- Jasper County, Iowa (population: 36,000)
- Justice, Ill. (population: 13,000)
- Dodge County, Wis. (population: 88,000)
- Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (population: 16,000)
- Nampa, Idaho (population: 83,900)
- Merrillville, Ind. (population: 35,600)
- St. Cloud, Minn. (population: 66,000)
- Warren County, N.Y. (population: 65,500)
- North Augusta, S.C. (population: 22,000)
- Eureka, Calif. (population 27,000)