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Police Surplus doesn't mean that we have too many cops on the street. What it does mean is that the police department has too many of "something" and they want to sell some of that "something" to somebody else. If that "something" turns out to be stuff that you are interested in then that somebody who buys the police surplus item could be you!
What kinds of things end up being declared surplus?
Well, here is an example from the City of Cumberland, MD.
The Mayor and City Council of Cumberland is offering for sale following surplus vehicles:
ONE (1) 1997 Ford 4S, SR#2FALP71W9VX217551
ONE (1) 1997 Ford 4S, SR#2FALP71W0VX217552
How did these two vehicles end up being declared surplus? Well, in the case of police surplus, the term is often a nicer way of saying "old stuff that we don't want anymore". Think about it. Do you realize how many miles a police cruiser that was put into service in 1997 must have on it? The department likely has purchased or leased two new vehicles to replace the 1997 models and they want to turn police surplus into police cash. It is likely that these two vehicles will be sold at a police auction to the highest bidder.
Vehicles aren't the only items that can be declared police surplus. Sometimes a police agency will receive a government grant that allows them to purchase new equipment. Once they purchase that equipment they will sell or auction off the old equipment that was replaced. Take police radios for example. If a department received money to buy 10 walkie-talkies, and they are replacing 10 older walkie-talkies, then those old units will likely be declared police surplus and end up at a police auction.
Although a police auction is the most common way of disposing of property that has been declared police surplus, sometimes the police agency will donate the equipment to a smaller police agency in a neighboring community, or to some other organization who may have use for the property.
If you do end up buying police surplus property, don't look for any warranty, guaranty, or maintenance contract. You are going to be buying police surplus equipment "as is" and "where is". Once you bought it, you own it, and the police do not want anything more to do with it.
You will generally find notices of police surplus sales or auctions in the local newspaper that serves the community where the police surplus property is located. When such a notice appears, read it carefully. It will usually list what is for sale, when and where it will be sold, and any terms and conditions of the sale.
You can make out pretty well buying police surplus property if you pay attention to what's being offered and manage to get it at a good price. Keep your eyes peeled as there's no telling what kind of police surplus property you'll run across.
Some of the more common auction items include:
used autos • marine vehicles • jet skis • aircrafts • homes • real estate • commercial property • farm equipment • industrial • business • electronics • computers • antiques • art • coins • stamps • appliances • guns • travel • collectibles • clothing • crafts • boats • bikes • motorcycles • mobile homes • jewelry • toys • cars • trucks • mopeds • bicycles • cameras • televisions • clocks • furniture • unclaimed property • abandoned property • personal property • office furniture • condominiums • town homes • commercial property • vacant land • single family homes • machinery • tools • hardware • building supplies
and much, much more...
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