By SUSAN TEBBEN
Glasgow Daily Times
The Glasgow Police Department has a few new pieces to add to their convoy. And despite having to drive to Pennsylvania and Georgia to pick up the equipment, members of the department say the benefits more than outweigh the travel.
“You’ve got about $700 worth of fuel in about $100,000 worth of vehicles,” said interim Lt. Col. David Graves, who will be helping maintain the vehicles.
Officers from the GPD went to Pennsylvania late last month to get a deuce-and-a-half troop carrying vehicle, a humvee, generators and some tents they obtained through a military contract that allows police departments to use out-of-service vehicles and equipment. The department does not pay for the equipment, but they have to travel to the pick-up location and retrieve it.
On Oct. 14, Officer Howard Garrison and GPD employee Kasey Clay returned from Georgia with two more Humvees, one that had to be towed behind the other the entire way. Clay followed behind Garrison in a GPD cruiser.
The equipment was ordered from the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services, who disposes of the excess military property. In 2008, DLA Disposition received more than 3.5 million items from over 56,000 military units and
In the trip to Pennsylvania, Lt. Col Graves paid for a hotel stay and it took a grand total of $307.48 for diesel and unleaded gas, according to transaction receipts from the trip.
In documents from the DLA, the police department stated the tents would be used as aid stations at area events and shelters and staging areas for critical events like tornadoes, generators would be used to power the fire department and police station in the event of power loss as well as for special events.
The troop-carrying truck would be used to support field operations, “drug interdiction” and as a patrol unit during snow and ice storms, according to comments submitted to the DLA.
“We want to use it in the event of rapid deployment and things like that,” said GPD chief Guy Turcotte. Turcotte wants all officers to be trained in rapid deployment, which was one reason he decided to disband the Critical Emergency Response Team.
The humvees could be used to haul equipment used in methamphetamine busts, Graves said.
The department received another generator that could be used “to assist with the police outpost natural disasters,” according to the comments.
The original acquisition prices for all the equipment and vehicles picked up by the department totaled $184,276.76, according to public records. This was the value of the equipment before it was used by the military.
All the equipment will be covered with the city of Glasgow’s insurance policy and the troop carrying truck, one humvee, generators and tents are all officially the property of the GPD. The military requires a 30-day waiting period before the deeds are turned over to the new owners, Graves said.
The military contract also allows the GPD to obtain parts needed to repair equipment and vehicles, Graves said. One of the two Humvee picked up last week will need parts to be a working unit for the department.