EDINBURG, Texas – South Texas College students renovate a SWAT vehicle for Edinburg Police.
The vehicle was issued to the Edinburg Police by the U.S. Military but lacked several components. For nearly four months STC students worked on renovations allowing them to gain hands on experience by applying their skills in a real-world project. Since the completion of the project, Edinburg’s SWAT Team has been able to respond to multiple operations a month.
Chief Cesar Torres, Edinburg Police Department, “In January our SWAT vehicle Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) was not being used as a result of not having the benches, not having the stands, and not having air condition. I decided to partner up with South Texas College for the students to have a big project of this magnitude, they were very instrumental. They were able to do all the fabrication for us.”
The newly renovated vehicle can sit up to 15 people.