The 1033 Program is Helping Hurricane Harvey Survivors

By Lars Larson

Let’s talk about the 1033 Program. It was created by the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997 as part of the U.S. Government’s Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services (DLA) to transfer excess military equipment to civilian law enforcement agencies and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on Sept 23, 1996, according to Wikipedia.

As of 2014, 8,000 local law enforcement agencies participated in the reutilization program that has transferred $5.1 billion in military hardware from the Department of Defense to local American law enforcement agencies since 1997.

The Pentagon’s done with the gear…and rather than destroy it, the program lets local law enforcement use it instead. News reports today like to highlight the fact that it includes bayonets although I’ve never heard of any local police requesting them.

But former President Obama didn’t like it…and after the shooting in Ferguson of Michael Brown, he cancelled the 1033 Program. But just this week, President Trump restored the program.

As you’re watching the pictures from Houston of people being rescued, factor this in: many of the flat bottom boats local law enforcement has came from the 1033.

Some helicopters were also surplused to the cops…kinda handy when your city becomes a lake.

So did the high wheel vehicles that can negotiate many of the flooded streets and rescue folks.

And all of the other equipment, rifles and pistols, help the local police not spend dollars on those items…so they have more money for other things.


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