ECTOR COUNTY -- The Ector County Sheriff's Department now has an armored vehicle in its fleet.
It's called a mine resistant armor protected vehicle or M-RAP for short.
It was given to Ector County Thursday by the Department of Defense as part of the 1033 program, where the military donates its surplus equipment to law enforement in need.
Sheriff Mark Donaldson says until now the sheriff's department would have to ask for neighboring law enforcement departments to bring in their own armored vehicles when the situation called for it.
"The guys have already come up with a name for it, they call it "the Beast" because when you get in front of it, that's what it looks like."
Sheriff Donaldson says he requested the vehicle after the 2010 west Odessa stand off where two officers were shot.
He adds that the vehicle is fully oporational and didn't cost taxpayers anything.
He says the only thing he plans to add are SWAT and Ector County decals to it.
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