A look inside the Police Militarization Agency

REVA 4x4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

All Points Bulletin, 1 April 2011:

For the first time in the history of the organization, DLA [Defense Logistics Agency] Disposition Services received 10 REVA 4×4 Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) into their inventory. The REVAs were received into DLA Disposition Services Sierra inventory and LESO [Law Enforcement Support Office] was fortunate enough to receive all 10.

This Vehicle is produced by ICP South Africa. Its V-shaped hull offers protection against land mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), and has space for at least 10 passengers. LESO received 34 different Letters of Intent from 12 different states. Allocation was based on counter-terrorism, counter-drug, crime data, jurisdiction, and the ability for the agency to service, operate and maintain the vehicle.

Each justification was very thorough and well written. This type of vehicle is in high demand and the allocation process was challenging. However, within 72 hours of receiving all justifications [we] determined the most worthy customers and made their initial recommendations.
For those not awarded or those interested in this type of property, the vehicle team asks everyone to remain patience and not get discouraged. As the drawdown continues, more vehicles of this nature may become available.

May I ask a stupid question? Why do so many police departments feel the need for an APC that can withstand mines and IEDs? And, perhaps more importantly: why is the federal government so eager to get these into the hands of local law enforcement agencies?