Chester City Council, last week, by resolution, approved giving a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (M-RAP) military-style vehicle from the city’s police department to the Trainer Borough Police Department.
Trainer Police Chief Francis Priscopo had been waiting two years for permission to acquire the steel-plated armored vehicle, and is very happy to finally have it in the borough.
“I applied to the U.S. government two years ago for the vehicle,” Priscopo said. “It is a very long and grueling process, which involves application to several agencies including the Department of Defense.”
Priscopo said negotiations for the vehicle began with retired Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail, and continued with new Chester Police Commissioner Darren Alston. Alston said maintenance on the vehicle would have been cost prohibitive.