As our Streets are looking more and more like a War Zone, America’s Police are looking more and more like the Military

Boston bombing, Police, Law Enforcement, Swat, Armoured personnel carrier, DLA Disposition Services, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, local law enforcement agencies, local police forces, militarizing American police forces, military, military police, military police officer, MRAP, municipal police, National Defense Authorization Act, Norm Stamper, Police, Sheriff, Special Weapons and Tactics, SWAT, Terrorism, United States, United States Department of Defense

As our Streets are looking more and more like a War Zone America’s Police are looking more and more like the Military

America’s streets are looking more and more like a war zone. Last week, in a small county in upstate New York with a population of roughly 120,000 people, county legislators approved the receipt of a 20-ton Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, donated by the US Defense Department to the county sheriff.

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities – mimicking our MRAPs in Afghanistan – or Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we’re not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

Police officers search homes for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013. (Reuters / Jessica Rinaldi)

Boston manhunt: Search continues as residents remain on lockdown – Police officers search homes for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013.

Here’s how it all happened. A little-known Pentagon program has been quietly militarizing American police forces for years. A total of $4.2bn worth of equipment has been distributed by the Defense Department to municipal law enforcement agencies, with a record $546m in 2012 alone.

In the fine print of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1997, the “1033 program” was born. It allows the Defense Department to donate surplus military equipment to local police forces.

Though the program’s existed since the 1990s, it has expanded greatly in recent years, due, in part, to post-9/11 fears and sequestration budget cuts. The expanse, however, seems unnecessary given that the Department of Homeland Security has already handed out $34bn in “terrorism grants” to local polices forces – without oversight mind you – to fund counter-terrorism efforts.

Additional militarization, then, deserves congressional attention as the program is harmful and must be scaled back for a number of reasons.

Read More about America’s police are looking more and more like the military as our streets are looking more and more like a war zone  here

Boston bombing, Police, Law Enforcement, Swat, Armoured personnel carrier, DLA Disposition Services, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, local law enforcement agencies, local police forces, militarizing American police forces, military, military police, military police officer, MRAP, municipal police, National Defense Authorization Act, Norm Stamper, Police, Sheriff, Special Weapons and Tactics, SWAT, Terrorism, United States, United States Department of Defense

Police SWAT teams make house to house searches in Watertown

Boston bombs: a city in the grip of terror

America was experiencing the most intense manhunt for a generation tonight after a 19-year-old student, who bombed the Boston marathon with his brother, escaped during a shoot-out with police, prompting an entire city to be put into lock-down.

Boston’s stations and subways were closed, while airspace was restricted and controlled explosions were carried out on several suspicious packages. Streets were deserted as a city of around a million people was left effectively under siege.

Boston bombing, Police, Law Enforcement, Swat, Armoured personnel carrier, DLA Disposition Services, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, local law enforcement agencies, local police forces, militarizing American police forces, military, military police, military police officer, MRAP, municipal police, National Defense Authorization Act, Norm Stamper, Police, Sheriff, Special Weapons and Tactics, SWAT, Terrorism, United States, United States Department of Defense

Members of a police SWAT team conduct a door-to-door search for 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts

The dramatic scenes unfolded as it emerged that America’s worst terrorist attack since September 11, 2001, had been carried out by young brothers who had been brought up in America by their parents. They appeared to have hatched their plot in a flat in Cambridge, Masachussets, the home of Harvard University, a decade after arriving in the US from the Russian province of Dagestan, on the border with Chechnya.

Boston bombing, Police, Law Enforcement, Swat, Armoured personnel carrier, DLA Disposition Services, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, local law enforcement agencies, local police forces, militarizing American police forces, military, military police, military police officer, MRAP, municipal police, National Defense Authorization Act, Norm Stamper, Police, Sheriff, Special Weapons and Tactics, SWAT, Terrorism, United States, United States Department of Defense

Members of a police SWAT team conduct a door-to-door search for 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts

Read more about this story here

For information on Law Enforcement Careers please visit Law Enforcement Careers HQ

SPSOA, SPSOA Union, SPSOA Security Union, SPSOA Security Police Union, Security Police & Security Officers of America SPSOA

SPSOA America’s Union for Security Police Professionals

Security Police & Security Officers of America SPSOA

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s