Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
In one picture it's liveried up as California Highway Patrol, I'd be asking why my tax dollars are being spent by CHIPS on a RIB??
That's actually a pretty valid question...
Though, as a bit of background, the government grants for post 9-11 "Homeland Security" equipment got pretty stupid all over the place. Individual agencies put in proposals, and the gov't threw money at them. Ended up with things like 3-person police forces having post nuclear incident test equipment (like they wouldn't notice a bomb just wiped their 2 block town off the map); a small town on a stream getting a fleet of 4 rescue inflatables, things like that. Probably the same revenue stream paid for this thing.