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Mason City State Patrol to Get Military Humvee for Emergencies

Posted at: 05/17/2013 10:51 AM
Updated at: 05/17/2013 11:16 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A gift by the military is going to benefit the entire state of Iowa.  Part of a transfer program, the National Guard will be giving 8 humvees to the State Patrol at no cost. One will be stationed in Mason City.

Following the blizzard that crippled parts of the state this past December, a call was made find a better solution to respond to these harsh winter conditions.  The new vehicles will help solve that problem.

The State Patrol Division will coordinate the readiness of the Humvees and station the vehicles across the state for rapid deployment during blizzards, flooding, tornadoes, and other disaster or critical incident related operations.  During these deployments, more than 80 sworn members across Department stand ready to operate the Humvees to augment the Department’s uniformed response.

Here's an explanation from the state as to how the vehicles were acquired and paid for:

The 1033 program allows a transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies to enhance operations at no cost to the agency.  When the agency no longer desires to retain the equipment, the property is returned to the military.  Following the acquisition of the Humvees, the Iowa National Guard assisted DPS by performing a maintenance inspection of each Humvee, making minimal repairs, and painting the vehicles.  DPS reimbursed for the costs of these services.  General fund dollars were not utilized to support this acquisition.  The police equipment used to designate the Humvees as emergency vehicles was previously designated as surplus equipment due to the requirements of our newer Dodge patrol vehicles.