Maryland Police Receive Military Provisions Under Federal Program

Under a Pentagon provisioning program four Maryland police departments have received military grade equipment. As reported in The Baltimore Sun:

The Maryland State Police received an armored personnel carrier, the second such vehicle for the agency, spokesman Greg Shipley confirmed. However, most of this summer’s Maryland shipments under what is known as the 1033 program were more generic items such as flashlights, storage cabinets and forklifts.

Other Maryland-based departments receiving items under the program since the end of May were the Allegany County sheriff’s office, the La Plata Police Department and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement police.

The 1033 program transfers excess Department of Defense property to federal, state, and local law enforcement, according to a DLA description of the offerings.

Equipment released under the program most often includes office supplies, clothes and what Karl Milligan of the National Police Defense Foundation refers to as “defensive tools or equipment,” including helmets, gas masks and protective gear.

For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Sun.

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