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Recently Guns and Tactics had a chance to check out the Centralia Police SWAT vehicle. My first thought when I saw this beast was “man this thing is awesome.” Rumor has it she’s a Dodge and a former USAF mule from Ramstine Air Force Base in Germany. The vehicle is completely armored from front to rear including all the glass. It seats six total officers with two up front and four in the rear. The got a turret up top that can handle a .50 cal. The department has owned the SWAT Truck for quite some time and it’s our understanding is that it’s been battle tested, too having taken couple of rounds from an AK-47. Check out the photos we took of this beast!

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The Centralia Police Department is divided into two divisions: Services, led by Commander Jim Rich; and Operations, led by Commander David Ross. The following divisions fall under Operations:

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  • Anti-Crime
  • Detectives
  • K-9
  • Patrol
  • School Resource Officer
  • SWAT
  • Traffic

The Centralia Police Department dates back to 1889 when Washington became a state and the city of Centralia was incorporated. The Centralia Police Department was officially established by Centralia ordinance 375.

Interested in becoming a police officer or working in Centralia? Check out the employment page to learn more.

Brian Martin has worked as a Bail Agent and a Recovery Agent in Washington State for the past five years. He has traveled the country tracking and capturing wanted fugitives. Brian is a Bail Enforcement Training Instructor, a certified Taser Instructor and a reserve Police Officer.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry state of affairs that they have to have something like this for their propection so they can help protect us. I bet the AK-47 was from Fast and Infamous and not a legal weapon, aka bought by a person with a clean record.

  2. Clarification of the Rumors… It actually came from Fairchild AFB in 1996. It did not get struck by an AK, it was an SKS, (yeah I know semantics right?). It happened so long ago that back then “Fast and Furious” only referred to a ridiculous movie about even more ridiculous street racers. It is in fact a DODGE M880 platform upgraded by Cadillac-Gage for security and rapid reaction duties at USAF SAC and Missile bases and designated as the Peacekeeper (PK) by the air force. Sadly, there are no Peacekeepers that I am aware of that will stop a .50 Cal unless they have upgraded armor. No big secret there, it is in fact common knowledge. All that said, this particular PK has saved lives, and that makes it worth it’s weight in gold, especially to six very special families. RLTW : Emerson out.

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