Arizona Law Enforcement Has Received $56 Million In Surplus Military Equipment
Surplus military equipment has been available to local law enforcement for decades. But in recent years, agencies have been getting more and more big-ticket items once used by American troops. That includes more than 100 agencies here in Arizona.
NPR has obtained Pentagon data on everything distributed through what’s known as the Law Enforcement Support Office 1033 program going back eight years. KJZZ has analyzed and compared that with Arizona-specific information from the program’s state coordinator.
In terms of dollar value, Arizona ranks number 10 for equipment transfers among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. Florida ranked highest, pulling in more than $260 million worth of surplus equipment. Alabama was second with more than $150 million worth. Arizona got $56.6 million dollars worth of equipment, everything from sleeping bags to bomb-disposal robots to 12 MRAPs, or mine resistant ambush protected vehicles designed to keep combat troops safe from IEDs.
According to information from the state coordinator for this program, the MRAPs went to the Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Cottonwood, Kingman, Payson, Pinetop-Lakeside, Salt River, Tempe, and Yuma Police Departments, as well as the Mohave and Pinal County Sheriff’s Departments.
|Total value of military surplus property distributed to each U.S. state and territory from 2006 through April 2014.|
|District of Columbia||$23,276,477.96|
Source: Defense Logistics Agency Law Enforcement Support Office 1033 program, via NPR