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Baldwin City Police Department acquires Hummer

The Baldwin City Police Department recently acquired a Army surplus Hummer to use in extreme winter conditions.

The Baldwin City Police Department recently acquired a Army surplus Hummer to use in extreme winter conditions.

April 11, 2012

The Baldwin City Police Department has a new tool to help the department and community cope with extreme weather.

“It’s for when we need a four-wheel drive,” Police Chief Greg Neis said of a 1992 Army surplus Hummer. “Not this winter but the two years before, there were blizzards when we needed a four-wheel drive to get around.

“We figured going this route was a whole lot cheaper than spending $30,000 to $40,000 on a new four-wheel-drive vehicle.”

The city got the Hummer from the federal government through a state agency, which matches the needs to local jurisdictions with surplus military equipment, Neis said. The city has spent $6,500 on the Hummer, which included $1,700 for the state agency’s administrative cost for providing the vehicle, he said.

The other costs to convert the Hummer for city use were a paint job by students at Eudora High School vocational technical school, a docking port for hand-held department radios and sirens and lights.

Neis said he is searching for a hard top and doors to replace the canvas ones now on the Hummer.

“That will make it a little more weather tight, but right now it’s functional,” he said.

The Hummer’s odometer reads 26,000, which Neis believes is accurate.

“I’m having somebody try to find the maintenance records on it, but I’d be surprised if it turned over,” he said. “It’s pretty tight.

“It appears to have belonged to the Kansas National Guard. As near as I can tell, it never left the state of Kansas.”

Neis said the Hummer was still running on the same diesel it had in the fuel tank when it arrived, so he hasn’t had the chance to check mileage. But he said the vehicle’s probable fuel-thirsty performance and bare-bones appointments make it unsuitable for patrol.

“It’s not something you would want to spend eight hours in,” he said. “But if you want to get somewhere and conditions are bad, it’ll get you there.”

Comments

BaldwinDad 2 years ago

I would be upset over the waste of Federal and State money on this, but that is a pretty good deal on somthing the city could actually use during a severe snowstorm, they should put a plow on it to help out with clearing streets.

Though, I still feel we spend way too much on Law Enforemcent for a community with only 4,500 people in it and no crime to speak of other then bicycle thefts.

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thtb 2 years ago

The objective to having a Police Department is not only to investigate crimes, but also to prevent crimes from happening in the first place. From my experiences, law enforcement always seems to get a bad rap which is unfortunate since they serve and protect.

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Bloggerboo 2 years ago

I am not completely sure, but I feel fairly certain Baker students produce their fair share of crime in our town. Granted, I still feel perfectly safe, but maybe it is because the police force is doing a good job of dealing with Baker students. I do know that Baker is required to produce a document each year detailing this kind of information going on on campus, probably available on their website somewhere.

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BaldwinDad 2 years ago

Actually you can search for the article on the signal that indicates that we have hardly any crime in Baldwin, in fact I think the article states they had a rash of auto break ins but all that was taken was loose changes and CD's.

Baker has little real crime as well, give the small community and they also have their own security on campus.

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JamesTruth 2 years ago

Why Does the PD Have a Hummer?

Good question. Unfortunately the answer is…our police department is led by an incompetent Chief, whom lets his employees make the executive decisions for him. (Note the Tactical vests worn by the officers. Totally unprofessional for an agency and community of our size. But hey… the guy’s want’em… so let’s get’em!) Until we get a Chief with some solid credentials who knows how to deliver a competent, professional agency expect more of the same. Hummer’s, Tactical Vests, no credible clearance rate on criminal activity, and the squandering of budget money on unneeded items. And by the way…good luck with that. Look what we have for a Mayor and City Council! Face it….our PD is a joke and our City Government supports it. God help us if we ever have the need for a REAL police department.

Some Times the Truth Hurts

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