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Potter Co. about to armor up

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Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas

Even in a country that regularly experiences shootings and stand offs, is having a military style armored car necessary? 

At first, Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas said no, but last year Potter County had a few close calls where an armored car would have helped.

"We just live in different times," said Sheriff Thomas. "The things that are going on in this world today are getting crazier and crazier." 

Potter County has seen it's fair share of dangerous situations and almost every time, Sheriff Thomas says they ask for other department's resources for help. 

"I don't like somebody else to fight my fight," said Sheriff Thomas. "This is my county I need to take care of it."  

Right now, Sheriff Thomas is going through a lengthy process through the Federal Government to get an armored car. 

"I may have to use that vehicle to go in and rescue people," said Sheriff Thomas. "How can I do that in a patrol car? Because the bullets are going to go right through my car. So, it's not only just for my officers but it's also for the citizens of Potter County as well." 

His biggest concern is make sure the public knows the department is not trying to militarize law enforcement. 

"This is not a vehicle that we want to patrol down the streets with. This is strictly a vehicle that would be used for specific incidents," said Sheriff Thomas.

The new armored car is being funded by forfeit asset money, not taxpayer dollars. 

If everything goes according to plan, Potter County could see its armored car later on this year. Sheriff Thomas says all the deputies will go through new training once it's here. 

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