Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Barney Fife gets an Armored Personal Carrier

There have been lots local stories on all of the military grade hardware that is making it back to the US post-Afghanistan and Iraq.

Locally our Sheriff's Department took delivery of a lovely little 19 ton piece of equipment just last year.  However, until yesterday I had not seen information on how widespread this is across the US.   The NY Times ran a piece on the increased militarization of local police forces that included this graphic.

via NYTimes.com

On this chart each orange block represents 1 MRAP (Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected Armored Personnel Carrier) delivered to a local police force.  The thing that jumps out at me?  What the......New Mexico?  You've taken 42 MRAPs and you have just over 2 million people?  Unless they are hosting some kind of x-games for MRAPs that seems a little excessive.

I don't think there is any grand conspiracy with putting these things in the hands of local police, but I do think that the more we give the police military style gear, the more likely they are to act like a military unit.

Just something to remember when you are filling out your Federal tax return next year and wondering how wisely the government spends your dollars :)

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