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Benjamin Carlson at The Daily reports on a little known endeavor called the "1033 Program" that gave more than $500 million of military gear to US police in 2011 alone. 1033 was passed by Congress in 1997 to help law-enforcement fight terrorism and drugs, but despite a 40 year low in violent crime, police are snapping up hardware like never before. While this years staggering take topped the charts, next years orders are up 400 percent over the same period.
Cops in Cobb County, Ga. — one of the wealthiest and most educated counties in the U.S. — now have an Amphibious Tank. The Sheriff of Richland County, S.C., proudly acquired a machine-gun-equipped armored personnel carrier that he nicknamed “The Peacemaker.”
This comes on top of grants from the Department of Homeland Security that enable police departments to buy vehicles such as “BearCats” — 16,000-pound bulletproof trucks equipped with battering rams, gun ports, tear-gas dispensers and radiation detectors. To date, more than 500 of these tanklike vehicles have been sold by Lenco, its Massachusetts-based manufacturer, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
Originally posted by SurrealisticPillow
This can be a good thing.
First, if you have a military background and your heart is in the right place (you recognize the tyranny we all face), become a police officer. Be the change you want to see.
Second, try to steer yourself/yourselves into the department that does the hiring and firing. Get your people there.
Third, the department that oversees the weaponry. You will want to make sure the weapons are utilized in a constitutional manner. The lax oversight that plagues the federal government(s) cannot extend to the local police.
Lastly, the Chief of Police or Commissioner, whatever it is called in your town. He must BE you, or respect you and yours.
Then, you welcome ALL weapons the feds want to give you, while you are quietly working for states rights.
Originally posted by anon72
reply to post by hp1229
I'll have to disagree. I don't think the police need that kind of equipment. They (the taxpayers) are responsible for all cost related to upkeep, training, storage etc etc. Basically, you want it, we got it-it's yours, HAVE FUN.
Are things really that bad in that county that a sheriff was able to justify a Amphibious Assault Combat Vehicle....? Prove it is what I would say if I was there.
Now, playing the devils advocate... the boys with their toys will have their joysedit on 12/6/2011 by anon72 because: (no reason given)