Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies: Case Study

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The Need to Develop a Management Strategy for Use of Military Equipment being given to Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies Joseph P. Garland Jr. Liberty University CJUS 300 D01 LUO 7 December 2014 Professor Larry Wine Abstract In the growing wake of civil unrest witnessed in the past several months thru out different localities in the United States from American Citizens. And the potential for Domestic Terrorism or Terrorism perpetrated from sources outside of the United States. Local, County and State Law Enforcement Officials and Departments due to budget reductions and constraints placed on them by an already politicized Department of Justice (DOJ). Have had to implement ways to stretch what little equipment these forces…show more content…
Since fighting in (2) two wars: Iraq and Afghanistan for well over 14 years and the drawdown of United States forces world wide the government has a surplus of military equipment left over from both of these actions. “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6) As the size of the U.S. forces diminish due to financial restraints in the different theaters of operations the need for all of this equipment and the cost of maintaining this equipment has resulted in thousands of municipalities and civilian/governmental police forces throughout the United States being the receivers of sophisticated and cutting edge military combat equipment. (Garland, 2014) In a New York Times article by Matt Apuzzo, “War Gear Flows to Police Departments.” “During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.” (NYT,…show more content…
In Essence there are no checks and balances. The militarization of policing in the United States has occurred with almost no public oversight. The Department of Defense is not required under its programs to track or provide training to these agencies once the equipment is transferred. Even with the agencies own report that it provides training it does

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