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The equipping of police departments with military vehicles across the state of Indiana and throughout the United States continues unabated. The Lawrence Police Department is the latest to acquire a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle from military surplus. The MRAP will be used by the department's SWAT team. "We'd rather have it and never need it than need it and wish we had it," Capt. Gary Woodruff told the Indianapolis Star. Capt. Woodruff says repurposing the military vehicle will "benefit the citizens and help keep the officers safe." Police departments in Morgan, Jefferson and Johnson Counties, Merrillville, Mishawaka, Terre Haute and West Lafayette are among the list of police departments that have become equipped with MRAPs.