Iowa Police Department Receives Free Humvee

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By Rachel Begle

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa police department is adding a military surplus Humvee to its fleet of squad cars.

The Muscatine Journal reports that the Wapello Police Department acquired the 2011 Humvee for free from the U.S. military.

Police chief Wayne Crump says a federal program lets law enforcement agencies use the equipment as-is. Law enforcement agencies have to pay for delivery costs and any needed repairs. The department also has to maintain it, but can keep the vehicle for as long as needed.

The six-cylinder, diesel-powered Humvee has 7,000 miles on it. Police plan to outfit it with lights, a radio, sirens and other equipment.

Members of the Wapello Police Department drove to Fort McCoy, Wis., to pick up the vehicle on Dec. 26.

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