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IACP 2018: Watching Trump's Speech to Law Enforcement

Trump slammed the Obama administration for restricting law enforcement's acquisition of military surplus equipment based on concerns of militarization. He called that "a very strange reason" for keeping life-saving equipment away from officers. "People are shooting at you and some people are worried about how you look,"

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Improving SWAT Operations

Experts say the chance for positive outcomes during tactical team callouts will increase with better selection of team members, organization of teams, training of operators and commanders; and with more effective use of equipment and technology.

Kentucky State Police Struggling with Manpower, Equipment Shortages

The Kentucky State Police is struggling with a manpower shortage, an aging and high-mileage fleet, a lack of long guns and failing radio equipment.

Trump to Restore Program Sending Surplus Military Weapons, Equipment to Police

President Donald Trump plans to resume the transfer of surplus weapons, vehicles and other equipment from the nation's military to its state and local law enforcement agencies, reviving a program that was sharply curtailed by President Barack Obama two years ago.

Boston Mayor Opposes Military Gear for Officers

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh voiced concern last week about issuing military-grade equipment to police, even as he backed war-inspired training for Boston officers.

With Trump, Police Hope to Deploy Military Gear Banned Under Obama

Police groups helping to shape President Donald Trump's law-and-order agenda have their eyes on big prizes: military equipment banned by the previous administration and tougher laws on violence against officers.

White House to Review Ban on Military Gear Purchases for Police

The White House will revisit a 2015 ban on police forces getting riot gear, armored vehicles and other military-grade equipment from the U.S. armed forces, two police organization directors say.

Let Police Keep Military Surplus, Say Michigan Officials

Six Republican members of Michigan's congressional delegation wrote President Barack Obama on Monday asking him to reconsider a decision made earlier this year to have law enforcement agencies return surplus military equipment out of concern it could undermine confidence in police.

Alabama Sheriff to Return Tracked Vehicles to Meet Federal Guidelines

Calhoun County, AL, Sheriff Larry Amerson says his department is returning its tracked armored vehicles because of new federal guidelines from the Obama Administration.

Obama Restricts Law Enforcement Access to Some Military Surplus Gear

To be eligible to purchase controlled equipment, agencies must adopt "robust and specific written policies and protocols" covering not just the use of the federal equipment, but their policing practices in general.