Now that’s a good deal

You may have seen a flashy-looking Humvee (HMMWV for the military folks) around lately with EHOVE Police Academy emblazoned on it.  Through a government program for law enforcement agencies, EHOVE Adult Career Center obtained it free of charge. 

EHOVE Adult Career Center’s Police Academy Commander James Bond said the vehicle was obtained completely free through the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) 1033 program.  Through a website designed only for law enforcement agencies to access, a department official can review available items on the site and put in a request for desired items. 

LESO reviews all requests for an item and determines who receives the item based on a pre-determined priority list.  Agencies like the F.B.I. take precedence over local police departments, and local police departments take precedence over training entities like EHOVE’s Police Academy.  The items are released to the top agency at no cost, but must be picked up and repaired (if needed) by the agency.

“EHOVE was the first police academy in this area to do this,” said Bond.  He also said that Captain Dave Smith of Norwalk Police Department has previously used the system and assisted him in utilizing it. 

EHOVE’s Police Academy Humvee needed some work and a paint job.  EHOVE Diesel Tech students completed wiring for the vehicle after it was delivered by Linder Farms who donated the transport services to EHOVE.  Action Auto donated paint and supplies, then Ott’s Body Shop donated their services to complete body work and paint the vehicle.  Graphics Gone Wild provided a large discount on the police academy graphics.

“You can get all kinds of stuff through this program,” said Bond.  EHOVE’s Police Academy has also obtained a second Humvee for parts to maintain the other, as well as a trailer to haul equipment to the firing range, uniform items and approximately $15,000 worth of gym-quality workout equipment for cadets.

Bond says the Humvee will also be used to bring awareness about the police academy at EHOVE Adult Career Center, noting that it will make plenty of appearances in parades throughout the area.  “It stands out like our academy,” he said.  “EHOVE offers more certifications and training than any other academy.”

Enrollment is open now for the upcoming sessions of EHOVE Adult Career Center’s Police Academy.  If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling, call 419-499-4663 x280 or go to www.EHOVE.net for more information.