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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release: Sergeant Nathan Ludwig

Public Information Officer
Iowa State Patrol

Friday, May 17, 2013 nludwig@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 745-2863 - cell
(515) 725-6093 - office

DPS Announces Addition of Eight Humvees to Enhance Disaster Relief Operations

Des Moines, IOWA --- The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added eight Humvees to its fleet through the military’s 1033 Program.  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.

Following the crippling blizzard of December 19 & 20, 2012, Commissioner Brian London asked DPS staff to develop alternatives for members of the Division of Criminal Investigation, Division of Narcotics Enforcement and State Fire Marshal’s Office non-uniformed officers to support the State Patrol Division during disaster operations.  During the blizzard, the Department’s non-uniformed officers were unable to support State Troopers as they worked toward rescuing stranded motorists across Iowa.  These limitations included the viability and mobility of the non-uniformed officers' vehicles.

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.

The State Patrol Division’s, Safety Education Unit will also use the Humvees occasionally to advance traffic and highway safety initiatives.

At the present time one Humvee is ready for deployment.  Throughout the summer additional Humvees will be painted and up-fitted for deployment across the state.  Once fully deployed, these eight Humvees will be stationed at: 

  • District 1-Des Moines (2)
  • District 3-Council Bluffs (1)
  • District 6- Spencer (1)
  • District 8–Mason City (1)
  • District 9-Cedar Falls (1)
  • District 11-Cedar Rapids (1)
  • District 12-Stockton (1)

DPS Humvee

Newly acquired Humvee from the military's 1033 Program, now ready for deployment.

Availability for viewing/photographs: Friday, May 17, 2013 1:00-2:00 PM at the Oran Pape Public Safety Building, 215 E 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa and Saturday, May 18, 2013,  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Court Avenue Bridge, Des Moines, in cooperation with the annual Police Week Bridge display. 



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