Ocala Police Department seeks to purchase $204,000 supply vehicle for SWAT team

The Ocala Police Department is hoping city officials will approve a request to purchase a new supply vehicle for its special weapons and tactics team.

The SWAT team responds to many situations beyond the scope of duty officers, such as hostage takings, barricaded subjects, and search warrants. A supply vehicle is used to store and transport necessary equipment that SWAT officers need to complete their assigned tasks.

The current SWAT supply vehicle used by the OPD is a 19 year old ambulance which was later converted to store SWAT equipment. According to the OPD, this vehicle requires daily repairs and maintenance.

MBF Industries, Inc., a Sanford-based company, is offering the OPD a custom Ford F-550 4×4 SWAT equipment vehicle for the price of $204,610. For comparison, another company provided OPD with a price estimate of $285,000 for a similar vehicle.

A preliminary proposal drawing of the Ford F-550 4×4 SWAT refueling vehicle (Photo courtesy of MBF Industries, Inc.)

City staff are recommending approval of the purchase from MBF Industries and the matter will be presented to members of council for approval or denial at the regular meeting of the Ocala City Council on Tuesday, March 1.

The Ocala City Council meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Ocala City Hall, located at 110 SE Watula Avenue.

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