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How Militarized Is Your Police Department?

They’ve spreadsheets with the equipment part of that answer over at Muckrock:

Much of the military equipment we’ve seen over the past few days in coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri riots was provided to law enforcement by the 1033 program, a Defense Department initiative that transfers excess equipment to state and local law enforcement.

The 1033 program first came onto MuckRock’s radar last fall, when MuckRock user Robert Ritchie requested documents regarding equipment obtained from the Defense Logistics Agency by the Wisconsin State Police and the Madison Police Department – the latter received a mix of 5.56 mm rifles, snow trousers and a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected [MRAP] vehicle, as well as a “Robot, Explosive EOD.”

Our curiosity piqued, we figured we would go straight to the source and ask the Defense Logistics Agency’s Law Enforcement Support Office, which oversees the 1033 program, for a list of all participating agencies as well for its database of all dispensed equipment.

After some negotiation with DLA, in December we obtained the full roster of participating law enforcement agencies, as well as a spreadsheet with two years of equipment transfers down to the state level….

Via Every item distributed to local law enforcement by the Pentagon’s 1033 program over two years @ Muckrock.

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