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Why Does This 11-Member Police Force Have $3 Million Of Military Gear?

Why Does This 11-Member Police Force Have $3 Million Of Military Gear?

Police officers have guns. That’s an obvious fact. They often carry other weapons such as nightsticks, too. And police officers are trained to use these weapons for the purpose of stopping criminals.

But at what point are police forces too heavily armed? Are handguns enough? How about SWAT teams with rifles? We can have that discussion. What gets unclear, though, is why, exactly, a police force (especially a small police force) needs military equipment.

Case in point is a small town in Delaware called Dewey. This is a police force which only has eleven members (three of which are part-time) but has amassed over $3 million of military equipment within the last five years. Matt Agorist writes,

Earlier this month, the Milford Beacon published the results of a Freedom of Information Act request to the federal Defense Logistics Agency showing the scope of their weapons and equipment cache.

Some of the equipment can be located and some of it has been accounted for. However, what is public is only a fraction of their total arsenal.

As the Beacon reports, among hundreds of line items turned over between March 2013 and December 2017, the police acquired a total of 12 ATVs, 51 jackets or parkas and 13 space heaters, and 19 trucks of all kinds.

Nineteen trucks were received through the LESO program between March 2013 and December 2017. The department asked for many more than that.

Included in this cache of military vehicles—to police a town of 400 citizens—is an armored Humvee and another mine-resistant armored vehicle. There are more vehicles than their police officers can drive and the department apparently sees nothing wrong with this, nor do they want you to know about it.

Now, can anyone realistically tell me why an eleven member police force needs nineteen trucks? They even have more ATVs than they do officers. What are they going to do with them, and who are going to be the additional people using them?

If this isn’t cause for alarm for people, I don’t know what will wake them up. If our law enforcement is equipped the same as our military, then it’s safe to assume that their intent is to become one and the same. There is a term for that: martial law.

This kind of over-armament of a police force is a dangerous thing, and it’s difficult to imagine that anything good can come out of it. You should investigate your local law enforcement, too, because you could be next.



View Comments (8)
  • The most reasonable question that comes to ones to mind, politely put too, is the following. Exactly what is this outfit possibly going to do with all that equipment?

  • The first question that comes to my mind is—‘Could this possibly be fake news?’ If not, what does this writer expect could, or will happen, that may harm the public? This sounds more like the stuff we heard from the last administration, when they created trouble by making police departments around the nation appear to have some sort of conspiracy against honest citizens. I never believed it then, and I don’t believe it now. Chuck

  • Trust me when I say police are out to enslave us and have us conform to their will. Our government will eventually have more people dependent on the government/state than any other source of income, Then we are TOTALLY SCREWED!
    I think everyone should have to opportunity to see how our system is flawed by going through the legal system (That is based solely on money NOT JUSTICE) for nothing and having their life ruined for minor to No crime

  • I have another point in mind. That excess equipment has to be maintained. If there is only 400 people in that small town, their taxes may be substantially increased to pay for the cost of maintaining that militarized police equipment. They must also be trained in how and when to use that equipment, and that means fuel costs, ammo costs, etc. That will also cause the residents to pony up more money in municipal taxes.

  • Remember a few years ago when people were worried about the rumors of police acquiring armored vehicles and the government’s response was that there were only a handful in the possession of law enforcement? THEY LIED! Now almost every police force has armored vehicles, SWAT teams, and fully automatic weapons. SWAT teams were designed for use only in critical situations where there was imminent danger of death to citizens. Now they are used to serve simple search warrants. We ARE living in a police state and that NEVER ends well. The GESTAPO never had such weaponry.

  • It’s called pre-posisioning. You bring the troops to the ordinance. We do it all over the globe. The reverse of yesteryear, troops first and gear next. Now gear first and troops second.
    We did it in Germany before the wall coming down

  • politicos want to give this stuff to police…buy friends…costs to taxpayers is assumed to be minimal as WE ARE NOT TOLD of ex military use…not good enough for military use? oh, give the police junk ? TO GET THEM KILLED ? choose another horse to ride…bronc can’t carry the load of manure !!!…what ? check to determine if the Police Department can actually use this stuff ? not muh job, donn janno

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