posted on May, 17 2004 @ 12:55 AM
Actually, the armed forces have a program to give obsolete equipment to local law enforcement. This is where a lot of military stuff actually comes
from when cops have it. Some of it was never previously used. The department that I worked for once received equipment that was 'perffed' (it came
pre-riddled with bullet holes! Talk about a confidence-builder!)
Some stuff we got was invaluabe: SUV's geared low for towing mortars. We used 'em for rescuing motorists in snowstorms, and pulling a crime-scene
trailer. Gas masks that everyone in town laughed about until a railroad car with a HAZMAT payload ruptured near the high school. (This was WAY
Other stuff was a total joke. We applied for 'night vision technology, for assistance v. drug-deals at night in rural areas. The army sent us 4
long-distance surveilance units. They turned out to be the size of a backyard teloscope: the length of a rifle, as big around as a waste basket, and
weighed 40 lbs.! Oh yeah, since we didn't have any security clearance, the electronics had all been removed (WTF!!!!)
Seriously, My bet about your pics is that they were training for a specific operation they don't want to discuss in public.
The FBI's studies show that small town banks are vulnerable to heists by large groups of perps acting in concert, where they can generate an incedent
scene in which they OUTNUMBER the police.
Do you remember an LA bank robbery, about 1999/2001 in which 3 perps had AK47's and bulletproof vests? LAPD had to run for a gun store and buy some
rifles! (They couldn't find what they needed, since CA has such tight gun control. Only the crooks have heavy firepower in california.)
Imagine what would have happened if those perps had robbed a bank out in East Gunnysack instead of downtown L.A. Lots more than 1 dead cop, that's
So the FBI and big city SWATS try to help rural units stay on their toes, by showing them what the big boys will need from the locals if push ever
comes to shove in their town. It helps the SWATS train for a unique situation they wouldn't experience in the city, either.
I think the real reason for this training now, not in your town, but generally, is because National Guard Armories and military bases are in mostly
rural areas. If Terrorists took over a neighboring town, they could really cause trouble for a base: hostages, keys, radio scanners, base
water/power supply, etc.
The feds have actually worked pretty hard since 911 to make sure that never happens to you & your state.