The Ayden Police Department has hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional emergency equipment, and they didn't have to pay for it.
Ayden Police Chief Barry Stanley says the police department recently received three emergency vehicles: two 2003 military humvee and two John Deere Gators from Law Enforcement Support Services. Chief Stanley found the vehicles using a website for law enforcement that posts free items that other agencies can use, such as military vehicles, tools and even office equipment.
He says he applied for the vehicles in June. Once approved, he had 14 days to get them. He says, he traveled to Cherry Point, Fort Bragg, and even Norfolk, Virginia. Ayden Police now have an estimated $800,000 in emergency equipment. He says the Law Enforcement Support Service equipment is available to any agency in the state. He says Farmville and Bethel police also recently picked up vehicles.