Police M113 Gallery

The M113 APC has been in the news recently as new rules from the Federal government have declared that tracked armored vehicles are no longer to be used by police departments.  Over the past two decades, the M113 armored personnel carrier has been among the surplus military items that the DOJ distributed to police departments as part of the 1033 program.  Due to concerns about the militarization of police forces, the Obama administration issued restrictions this year regarding specific pieces of military equipment currently owned by police departments.  One of the now forbidden items are “tank-like armored vehicles that move on tracks.”  The M113 is the primary vehicle that falls into this category.  As far as we know, this rule does not apply to the various MRAP vehicles that have been distributed to police.  Reaction to the new rules have been mixed, some police departments saying the tracked APCs were costly to maintain and seldom used while other departments have spoken out against the ban saying it jeopardizes office safety.

Here is a gallery of M113 vehicles in police markings.  It is interesting to note the different styles of track and drive sprocket on some of these vehicles.


  1. I remember waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the 1980s, living in Los Angeles, the LAPD made major waves when they not only acquired an M-114 but also put a battering ram on it to allow it to crash through a gated crack house, warrant in hand, of course! This vehicle was further publicized and memorialized for posterity by being featured in the Tom Hanks-Dan Akroyd comedy “Dragnet”.

    Very cool collection of photos and much appreciated from a vintage 1980s nagmash-driver!


  2. Interesting indeed to see the band tracks and polymer drive sprockets on a bunch of those APCs.
    And the presence of some M577 hulls as well.


  3. The background picture is probably at M59, not a M113. The picture shows dual support rollers, which the M59 has but not the M113. FYI.
    Jim M Bauer-I worked at FMC for 36 years.


  4. The title says tanks and APC’s but there are no tanks shown. com’n Knuckleheads, quit spectacularizing your story with untruths. All vets recognise your stupidity – APC’s can’t play with tanks (Unless they’re on the same side).


    • The title of this site is ‘Tank and AFV News”, not “tanks and APC’s”. The title of this particular post is “Police M113 Gallery.” I would think it rather obvious why there are no tank pictures in this post when the title clearly states that it is about M113 vehicles in Police service.


    • Merry Christmas, Mr. Grinch.
      Now go back to playing World of Tanks and leave the serious discussion to the adults.


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