MRAP'S For Cops
We've written before about the widespread use of military equipment by local police departments under the Department of Defense's 1033 Program. With more and more military hardware showing up in communities large and small (sometimes very small), some folks have decided to find out just what their local police have acquired. One of the largest databases - assembled mostly through freedom">freedom">Freedom of Information Act requests - can be found here.
What does all this mean? Look at the numbers from New York State:
"More than 120 departments in the state have received some 6,221 items worth $28,082,595.11.
"Late last year when Albany County got a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle (MRAP), an 18-ton behemoth designed for asymmetrical warfare in Iraq, Sheriff Craig Apple praised the vehicle for being 'intimidating.' In nearby Warren County, Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree, who also got an MRAP, stated that his department needed one because 'it's very common for people to have high-powered hunting rifles.'"