purchased the armored vehicle pictured above on the grounds that, "With 11 gun ports, a rotating turret and room for 10 officers, the modified Ford F-550 will help city police handle high-risk calls." (Aside: 10 officers and 11 gun ports? Do they imagine somebody will be firing pistols with both hands?) Apparently the Hidalgo County Sheriff's similar vehicle, depicted below, was deemed too bulky for in-city use:
they declared that it "will be available for any law enforcement agency in South Texas to use in hostile situations — should the need arise. We’ll even pay for the gas.” But the city of McAllen had asset forfeiture money burning a hole in their pocket and couldn't resist the redundant capacity.
For whatever reason, virtually every police chief and Sheriff seems to think they need their own independent tactical unit, to the point where even community college PDs are getting into the act. IMO every jurisdiction doesn't need its own SWAT unit and it'd make a lot more sense to staff and equip these units on a regional basis, an idea the McAllen chief has poo-poohed.