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MPD puts new cop car on the streets

August 3, 2013
By LUKE STALZER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The newest Marshalltown Police Department patrol vehicle has been turning heads wherever it's gone in the past few days on the streets.

The new vehicle, a military Humvee, was finished and delivered to the police department this week and Capt. Mike Hanken said it's turned into a conversation piece.

"In the last couple of days, wherever it's been, people have come up and wanted to see it," he said.

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The Marshalltown Police Department rolled out its newly restored Humvee this week. The vehicle was acquired at no cost to the city, and with some help from local businesses and students, has been restored to a usable vehicle for the MPD.

The MPD received a surplus military Humvee at no cost last December. The Humvee was first picked up at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and driven back to Marshalltown where it was put to use immediately in a snowstorm, according to a MPD news release.

At that time, the vehicle was not equipped with essential police equipment.

Since then, Community Outreach Officer Brad Mauseth, along with a group of high school students and local businesses, has been transforming the Humvee into a police vehicle.

The vehicle was first coated in a spray-on bed-liner at Exhaust Pros, then it was painted at S&S Auto Body and Frame, emergency lights and sirens were installed by Racom and Sign Creations put the finishing touches on the vehicle with new decals.

According to the release, many of the parts and time were donated by the local businesses.

Hanken said the Humvee will be used year-round, especially in parades and events around the community.

"It's taking part in its first parade (Saturday) at Mousehole Days in Melbourne," he said.

It will also make appearances in the Pioneer Days Parade in Le Grand on Aug. 24 and the Oktemberfest Parade Sept. 28.



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