COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio State University Police now have an armored military vehicle.

The vehicle was obtained as military surplus for free, according to Police Chief Paul Denton. He says the only cost has been transporting it to OSU, painting it, and making modifications.

"It has the capability of going through up to 36 inches of water so it can be used in high water or flood conditions. It has run-flat tires that will allow the crossing of dangerous debris," Denton said.

The vehicle could also be used for getting essential personnel on campus in the event of a blizzard.

Denton says the vehicle actually replaces another vehicle that had been taken out of service. On football game days they use similar vehicles from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

"This would definitely allow us to use our own," he said.

There are also uses that Denton describes as "traditional police missions" like officer rescue, barricaded suspects, and bomb evaluations.

The story about the aquisition was picked up by some national news outlets. Denton isn't surprised saying that many people don't realize what they do.

"We're like a city within a city," Denton said noting that on any given day there are more than 100,000 people on campus.