White House to Reinstate Military Surplus Program for Police

August 28, 2017

Photo via Flickr/Raymond Wambsgans.
Photo via Flickr/Raymond Wambsgans.

The U.S. Department of Defense will reinstate the 1033 program, which allows the military to transfer surplus weapons, vehicles, and equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision during his keynote address at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Biennial Conference in Nashville. The Washington Post reported that President Trump will sign an executive order formalizing the move.

Then-President Obama restricted the program in 2015 as part of an effort to reduce tensions between law enforcement agencies and minority communities following the protests and police response in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. Prohibited equipment includes grenade launchers; weaponized vehicles, vessels and aircraft; bayonets; firearms of .50 caliber or higher; ammo of .50 caliber or higher; camouflage uniforms and tracked armored vehicles. 

In a statement, FOP National President Chuck Canterbury applauded the decision, which the organization has worked to overturn since the initial restrictions were placed.

“We are always pleased with Attorney General Sessions, but for him and this administration to choose our Biennial Conference to announce this critical police change — something that I personally spoke to the President about — demonstrates how much respect he and his Attorney General have for our members and all the men and women in law enforcement,” Canterbury said.

The American Civil Liberties Union disagreed with the decision, citing the police crackdown in Ferguson three years ago that influenced Obama’s executive order.

“Today’s executive order erases the sensible limits placed by the Obama administration after Ferguson on the kinds of military equipment flowing from the federal government to local police and into our neighborhoods," according to the ACLU statement. "Tensions between law enforcement and communities remain high, yet the president and the attorney general are giving the police military-grade weaponry instead of practical, effective ways to protect and serve everyone.”

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Recent Topics

Hello! We opened up submissions for the Leading Fleets award this month and are encouraging everyone to apply. It's a great opportunity...

View Topic

would anyone be willing to share there salary ranges for equip tech I thru III, and a welder salary range also

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1106 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

Ray Breault began his fleet career in 1959 at Hoffmann La Roche (now Roche) in Nutley, N.J.

Read more

Blog

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton