How Much Is The Police's Military Equipment Worth?

In another thread regarding defunding police – someone mentioned buying a few less high-cost assets
Looking at the analysis below – it seems to me like defunding some of these asset purchases would make some sense – I had no idea the amount of military equipment the cops have accumulated.

Now – they’re saying the equipment was TRANSFERED – does that mean for free?
Wouldn’t it be better for military to SELL this equipment to allies?
Then there’s the conversation that maybe too many $$$ go to military spending

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, police brutality and budgets in the U.S. have come into sharp focus. The issue of police militarization has also come back under the spotlight amid the protests that have rocked the nation over the past fortnight. It was also heavily discussed in the wake of Ferguson when mine-resistant vehicles and heavily armed officers appeared on the streets. That prompted President Obama to reduce the militarization of U.S. law enforcement by signing Executive Order 13688 in May 2015 which limited and prohibited certain types of equipment. In August 2017, President Trump rolled back that Executive Order, allowing police departments to once again obtain military items without any restrictions

Approximately $6 billion of excess Department of Defense property was transferred to U.S. law enforcement agencies between 1990 and 2017. Under the 1033 Program, all sorts of items from laptops to assault rifles have been passed from the military to the police. These fall into two categories - controlled items (like drones or helicopters) and uncontrolled items (like office furniture and tools). A 2018 RAND analysis of the situation found that in fiscal years 2015 to 2017, the value of uncontrolled transfers came to $1.2 billion while controlled items had a value of $775 million.

RAND found that the value of all excess Department of Defense items held by law enforcement agencies across the U.S. in 2018 stood at $1,888,559,339. The following infographic takes a closer look at a selection of equipment from the RAND report and how much it was worth at the time of the analysis. There were 849 mine-resistant vehicles in operation at U.S. police departments and they had a value of just under $583 million. Elsewhere on the list, 64,689 5.56 millimeter rifles were transferred to law enforcement and they were worth $27.83 million while the grand total for all aircraft in the program came to around $433 million.

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Wtf! 25 years ago Biden and Slick Willy pushed for all these cops and giving them military hardware.
Now, the same crew wants to take the stuff they taxed the shit out of us to give them.
A little consistency, please. I mean, besides hypocrisy.


LOL That’s great.

Remember when deficit spending was something certain people cared about.

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Very true. No one had given 2 shits about that since, well,…ummm…Ike?

How about the people?
The government has to take care of everything
Bye bye freedom

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I used to work at a facility where these vehicles were tested/developed. When I started seeing them in LE roles, my FIRST thought was how they were affording the maintenance for them, which is EXTENSIVE…I can understand, to an extent, transferring assets that are relatively obsolete on a battlefield to a place where they are not.

My second thought was along the lines of that Transformers movie where they had the evil transformer police car painted with, “To enslave and destroy” instead of “To serve and protect.” I can see a role for these vehicles in certain locations (the border was a mess when I was there I’ve a few great first hand stories during my USMC days, 2002-06), but those locations, IMO, are very limited.


Honestly, after this latest dollar event, I struggle to even care about budgeting as the dollar seems doomed to be replaced, it’s just a matter of when and how.


When I moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, they had an air force. Left over Huey’s from Nam and what appeared to be a Piper Cub, it was a step up but I couldn’t tell you much other than it was a wing over and 2 seats. It was also left over from Nam. Des Moines was offered a couple and gave them to CR when they decided that they didn’t want them, so CR was stocked. They gave them up a few years back because maintenance became an issue, but I lost a bet when I moved there saying there was no way. Well, WAYYYY…

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