HOPKINTON — Hopkinton police, through a Defense Department program, are accepting bids on two Humvees that are no longer needed for department operations. The department is also selling a 2006 Nissan Altima that was seized through the state's criminal asset forfeiture program.

"This is a rare opportunity where we are able to sell street-legal vehicles, with their title, and have all money come back to the agency," said Capt. Mark Carrier. "The funds we do make will help support department services."

Carrier said the Humvees were acquired through the Law Enforcement Support Office, part of the Defense Logistics Agency's law enforcement surplus program. Both are in good condition, he said. One of the Humvees is a 1991 AM General two-door pickup with 8,327 miles that was rebuilt to custom specifications in 2005; the second is a 1987 AM General Humvee four-door with 1,876 miles that was rebuilt in 2004.

The department had used the vehicles in areas with rugged terrain, but Carrier said they became less necessary in recent years after the department made the transition to police cruisers with four-wheel drive. The Humvees now are parked most of the time in the department's back lot, and Carrier said the town was seeking to maximize their value before they begin to deteriorate.

"There was a time when we had a use for these type of vehicles, but that has changed in the past four to five years," Carrier said. "Our hope is to get some value out of them before they waste away."

The Altima, which has 106,780 miles, was confiscated during a criminal investigation and was later released to the state and then back to the town. Proceeds from this sale would also go back to supporting the department's operational costs for certain types of investigations.

All three vehicles will be available for inspection on Thursday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sealed bids must be submitted to the town no later than 3 p.m. on April 25. The vehicles are also on display through the Hopkinton Police Department Facebook page. To see specifications and bid requirements, visit the town website at hopkintonri.org and use the tab titled "RFP Sale of Used Police Vehicles."

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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