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Sheriff Tom Templeton said his department has received more than $200,000 in such equipment, and paid only about $2,000 for shipping.

The near gear includes impact resistant sunglasses, lights, tactical gear, a forklift and even a Humvee.

“It’s a special purpose vehicle. It obviously is not for every day use,” Templeton said of the Humvee, which retains its original olive drab color, now also adorned with stickers declaring it property of La Salle County Sheriff’s Department.

Templeton said the vehicle, which had just 7,000 miles when the department acquired it this summer, is in great shape and would be useful in searching for missing people, whether driving across snowy or muddy corn fields, or using a winch to rescue people who have fallen in canyons at Starved Rock State Park.

Source: Allison Ryan for News Tribune.

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