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      Jefferson City police to get bullet-proof vehicle

      The Jefferson City Council approved the purchase of an armored personnel carrier for the police department Monday night.

      The Jefferson City Council approved the purchase of an armored personnel carrier for the police department Monday night.

      The $250,000 vehicle will be used by the SWAT team for special operations.

      Captain Doug Shoemaker said SWAT was called out 80 times in the last two years, for operations including serving narcotics search warrants and dealing with barricaded suspects.

      The vehicle will be paid for through a half-cent capital imrpvement sales tax. Shoemaker said it's a fund intended for purchases like vehicles, which was the department's priority. It could take six to seven months for the special vehicle to be manufactured.

      Unlike a tank, it will not be equipped with weapons, but will be bullet proof and can be used like a shield. Shoemaker said it will make dangerous operations safer for police and for medics rescuing victims.

      The Columbia Police DPeartment approved buying a similar vehicle in April.