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Idaho Police Department Returns Surplus Military Equipment to Feds

The Boise Police Department is now returning to the federal government equipment obtained through the 1033 program, including night-vision goggles and armored vehicles.

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Feds Want to Review Military Equipment for Police

Politicians in Washington want a review of the government's military surplus grants for local police.

Military Surplus Vehicles from Iraq War Coming to American Agencies

The hulking vehicles, built for about $500,000 each at the height of the war, are among the biggest pieces of equipment that the Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies under a national military surplus program.

Feds Order Ariz. Sheriff To Retrieve Military Items

A Pentagon agency that oversees surplus military goods has ordered the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to retrieve hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise it had requisitioned and then "loaned" to non-police organizations in violation of the program's rules.

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It

Last month the Defense Department cut off a very valuable resource for many of the nation's 17,000 law enforcement agencies. The Pentagon's 1033 program provides cash-strapped police and sheriff's departments with free military surplus.

Military Surplus Vehicles Aid the Fight

Law enforcement agencies with these special missions can apply and acquire vehicles deemed military surplus for next to nothing. The vehicles usually require work to make them duty ready. Yet, the Department of Defense's 1033 program, as it is known, offers agencies access to military-grade equipment.

Military Surplus Vehicles for LE

The federal government's 1033 program allows law enforcement agencies to acquire special vehicles such as an amphibious LAV, Humvee, MRAP, patrol boat, helicopter or even a landing craft for specialized missions. The agencies acquire the vehicles via the federal Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO). Photos are courtesy of LESO.

Georgia SWAT Team's Amphibious Vehicle

The Cobb County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office SWAT team takes out its Cadillac Gage Textron LAV-300 amphibious light-armored vehicle for a test run in this clip from 2008. The 6x6 vehicle includes tires that are radial tubeless and can be outfitted with run-flat inserts. The LAV-300 MK II can climb a 60 percent gradient, operate on a 30 percent side slope, and tackle two-foot-high obstacles.

California Auctions Surplus CHP Vehicles

Five high-mileage BMW motorcycles used by the CHP were auctioned for $2,200 each. The motorcycles were from the 2002, 2003 and 2004 model years and had odometer readings of more than 100,000.

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