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Eudora Police have added a new weapon to their arsenal, a 1989 Humvee.
The Humvee was purchased via a military surplus store in Kansas City that the Police Department works with on a regular basis.
“While this winter has been rather mild, the previous couple of years we had some heavy snow storms, ” Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker said. “We needed a vehicle that could move around in inclement weather.”
Walker had looked into purchasing an SUV for the department but found this opportunity and decided to pursue it.
“After you purchase a used SUV and then outfit it with all the needs of a Police Department, I would have spent $40,000 to $45,000 dollars. Being a good steward of the citizens money, I didn’t want to spend that kind of money.”
The vehicle cost the city only $6,000 and comes with some past history.
“This vehicle was previously owned by the Iowa National Guard,” Walker stated. “It was already fitted with various equipment including armor plating and considering the amount of sand we got out of it cleaning it up, it likely had to have seen action overseas.”
When the vehicle was received, it was sporting standard military desert sand colors. The Police Department used the paint shop at the Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center to repaint the vehicle and save more money.
“The students loved working on this project,” Walker said. “In fact, I’ve got four or five calls from parents asking me if they could also get the same deal.”
Unfortunately for those parents and the rest of us, you won’t be able to obtain one for driving around town.
“Since it is a former military vehicle and fitted with armor plating and various other military needs, the general public is not allowed to own one,” Walker added.
Eudora is the second Police Department to obtain one in the metro area. According to Walker, Franklin County purchased the first one and Baldwin City is in the process of purchasing one.
Obviously, as most people know, Humvee’s are not exactly the most conservative vehicle when it comes to fuel economy.
“You won’t see this patrolling the streets on a regular basis,” Walker said. “This will be used only for special purposes like inclement weather and the various parades we participate in during the year.”