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When University of Texas police responded to a bomb threat in 2012, they arrived in a Humvee. It's one of three large military vehicles the university's police system has acquired from the Department of Defense. They recently received a mine-resistant vehicle, which was designed to withstand roadside bombs on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan
The university's police department is one of at least 125 school law enforcement agencies in 25 states that have received military gear free of charge from the Department of Defense. That includes police departments for 23 kindergarten-through-12 school districts and 102 colleges and universities.
A CBS News review of available public data from more than 30 states found that law enforcement agencies affiliated with educational institutions have obtained more than $13 million worth of military gear from the program. Among the items received: 145 pistols, 780 rifles and nine of the mine resistant vehicles.
"We're returning it because some members of the community have expressed the fact that they are uncomfortable with the vehicle that's military by design," Littlejohn said.
originally posted by: Maxatoria
I can see that its better to get as much value out of the vehicle and there in lies a problem in that we're not talking about ww2 jeeps anymore and all you need to do is take the machine gun off it and its ready for civilian use but i don't see the US yet needing stuff that'll withstand a mine and carry on ticking, and when you start to need such hardware i'm sure its time to activate the national guard/state forces.
originally posted by: randyvs
a reply to: eisegesis
Soon they will have everything so swamped with military hardware, we
won't even know the difference when marshall law is invoked.
Are we a war crazy nation?