Harrisburg Police Chief Bob Smith acquired a Humvee military surplus vehicle for the Harrisburg Police Department in June. On Monday that vehicle was properly painted and on display.
"This vehicle is armored and will be used in tactical situations like serving search warrants and dealing with armed suspects," said Harrisburg Police Chief Bob Smith.
Wes Sherrod of Sherrod’s Body Shop in Harrisburg did the painting.
The nice thing about the deal was that the vehicle was acquired at minimal cost to the local taxpayers.
Smith enrolled the department in a joint federal/state program called Law Enforcement Surplus Organization (LESO) four years ago. Through this program local law enforcement can acquire military surplus items for only the cost of annual dues.
Harrisburg received $450,000 worth of equipment this year through LESO.
Besides the Humvee, the department acquired emergency lights and generators and two dump trucks.
The annual dues are only $300.
Smith said that one of the generators, a 15,000 watt model, can power the pump stations during a flood.
A Humvee is a common name for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle — HMMWV.
The vehicle has a tendency to draw the eye.
"It will also be used as an educational tool and for public relations. The kids should relate to it pretty well," he said.