Apparently one of the kids on our college radio station claimed our department is getting "too militarized" because we have an SUV. I wonder if I could borrow County's Caiman for a day or so to put things into perspective?
I'm quickly learning the extra challenges of working for a University PD. We don't even keep a long gun in the Tahoe because that's too scary. We're also a tiny department, and we only have one vehicle, and we need to keep a bunch of crap in there at all times. Combine that with Wisconsin winters, and it's darn nice to have a vehicle with high ground clearance and four wheel drive. That's not militarization. That's just common sense.