Colorado Law Enforcement Banned From Buying More Military Equipment
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The Colorado State Patrol and the Sedgewick County Sheriff’s Department were suspended from the DOD “1033” program earlier this year after purchasing a number of military-grade weapons and equipment, KMGH-TV learned after a CALL7 investigation.
An annual inventory audit in early 2014 found that the State Patrol lost an M-16 assault rifle it received from the DOD in 2007…
More than $4.3 billion worth of military weapons and equipment have been sent to local and state law enforcement agencies since 1990.
Critics say the program has “over-militarized” local police departments.
An investigation of Colorado law enforcement conducted by 9News.com found that 1,160 M-16s and eight mine-resistant vehicles were acquired by law enforcement under 1033. Florence Police Department in Fremont County alone has received more than $3.7 million in excess property since 2003.