Thursday, March 29, 2018


Pepe Le Who?
Note to Ops: Red light cameras are among the least of your worries when you have to be on the lookout for landmines.

Haha, law enforcement in Lake County is invested big in armored vehicles:
Sixteen law enforcement agencies in Illinois asked the federal government for a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle -- the armored vehicles that protect soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan from improvised explosive device blasts. Seven others requested different kinds of armored vehicles, some that weigh 6 tons and stand 10 feet high.
Should cops worry about roadside bombs? Towns get military surplus
One modest bedroom community, Round Lake Park, spent nearly 2/3 million dollars for a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle:
Police AgencyItem NameQuantityUnit Cost

List of military equipment to Illinois police agencies
Transport vehicles such as these are designed to withstand the percussive forces of an IED. It is unknown however how well they fare against a stink bomb. This month Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko encountered an enemy from an unexpected quarter:
For the past two weeks, he and his officers have had to contend with a band of particularly foul foes: skunks that have made a home under their police station. Filenko calls it a "Skunkapalooza." "You walk in the station and ... well, you know what that smells like, especially in a contained area," he said.
Skunks fought the Round Lake Park law, and no one won
This story has a happy ending. The Round Lake Park Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle was never deployed:
Finally, on Wednesday, an officer bravely went under the station and found the source of the stink -- a dead skunk, which was promptly removed.
Skunks fought the Round Lake Park law, and no one won
One observer (from a safe distance) observed: "Save some of those defense-budget dollars for a hazmat outfit or two."

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