The 1033 Program allows state and local law enforcement agencies to receive, without charge, surplus property from the Department of Defense.
Many local departments have used the program to acquire items that may be beyond their budget or that would be a good supplement to their existing equipment.
Sipsey was devastated by the deadly tornadoes last year and, although Police Chief Kevin Willis and Reserve Officer Chris Lollar hope to never see that kind of damage again, they say this vehicle would be a great asset if they did.
“It is strictly going to be used in an emergency situation, like a snowstorm or if there was another tornado,” Lollar said.
The vehicle was brought to Sipsey from Montgomery by Sumiton Wrecker, because shipping the humvee was cheaper than driving it because of the low fuel economy.
Sipsey Police hope to receive other disaster preparedness items, such as a generator and possibly a tractor. They would also like to get other equipment such as night vision goggles to assist them in day-to-day operations.
The items received from the 1033 Program can include vehicles, weapons, computer equipment, cameras, fingerprint equipment, night vision equipment, radios and televisions, first aid equipment, tents and sleeping bags. The agencies just need to be able to justify a police use for the item and then pick it up or pay for the item to be shipped.
Any law enforcement agency is eligible for the program. They just have to apply and be accepted to be able to choose surplus items.
The property can not be sold, leased rented, exchanged, bartered, used to secure a loan, used to supplement an agency’s budget or stockpiled.