Military Equipment Sent to Washington State Law Enforcement Agencies

hummveeAnyone watching the national news over the past week or so has probably seen some video of protestors facing off against heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri. Some were surprised that a relatively small police department had such military grade hardware.

Many of the smaller state and county law enforcement agencies received military equipment from under the 1033 Defense Department program from 2011 to 2013.

Here is a list of Washington state agencies that received military gear from 2011-13:

The total value of this equipment was $10,165,752.23. Most expensive item I could find was a “Helicopter, Utility” with a value of $922,704.  Also found several “Mine Resistant Vehicles” with a total value of $2,798,000 were sent to Washington state during that period. Handy for community policing.


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8 Responses to Military Equipment Sent to Washington State Law Enforcement Agencies

  1. Do you have a link to the detailed list?

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  2. All of those items are free to local cities and counties to use for emergency services. Are they expensive? Yes. But, they are not being used by the military. Would you rather pay for them twice? I wouldn’t. They can only be used for emergency services. They can not be sold off after, they must be returned to the military once done being used by counties and cities. It is a program started by President Clinton.

  3. This is scary shit. Blacked out cop cars, unmarked, tinted windows. And now assault weapons roaming our streets. LA School cops have select fire M16 rifles, they had grenade launchers but returned them when they were critisized for it.

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