Wisconsin police defend new Army-grade truck

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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Police in the Fox Cities say hundreds of high-risk incidents in the past decade justify their need for Army-grade trucks.

Neenah police are working to dispel what they say is negative public perception regarding the mine-resistant Caiman multiterrain vehicle. Post-Crescent Media reports the department got the free truck through the U.S. Department of Defense's excess property program.

The department will use the truck during incidents involving high-powered weapons and dangerous hostage situations.

Neenah police Capt. Tom Long says the town has averaged 52 to 54 high-risk incidents annually in the last decade. His department joins the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department and Appleton police in using one of the 37,000-pound vehicles.

The Caiman will replace Neenah's older armored vehicle, which police say wouldn't stop high-powered bullets.

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