Grand Coulee’s city council declared surplus a number of items from the police department at last Tuesday night’s meeting.
Included were two bullet proof vests from the 1970s, a breath analyzer device referred to as “dial a drunk” by Police Chief Mel Hunt, a Polaroid camera with case, boxes of electronic items, some phone parts, and an outdated fax machine and typewriter.
But the items that caught the fancy of members of the council were two horsehide leather coats about 40 years old.
Several members of the council tried the coats on. The heavy leather jackets had all the pockets you’d expect in an old police coat.
Other items included a small file box, two police helmets, an M16 pouch (black), two gun holders, a gun guard, a master lock, a keyboard, an office chair, a display case and other assorted and old looking items.
Hunt stated that the bulletproof vests and as some other items would not be available to the public, even though they were obsolete.
A complete list of the surplus items that are available for purchase can be accessed through the city clerk’s office.