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  • A program allows local law enforcement to buy military-style weapons and equipment for pennies on the dollar. What do you think?

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    I like that it saves the taxpayer money
    23%
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    I like that it will help our law enforcement do their jobs better
    47%
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    I worry that small police departments are over-equipped
    30%
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  • Surplus To Service: More bang for your buck

Surplus To Service: More bang for your buck

The items are acquired through a secured website, which is limited to law enforcement use.   Source: WLBT The items are acquired through a secured website, which is limited to law enforcement use. Source: WLBT
The program connects law enforcement military surplus supplies across the country. Some of the items are free; departments just have to pay a 4 percent state tax fee.    Source: WLBT The program connects law enforcement military surplus supplies across the country. Some of the items are free; departments just have to pay a 4 percent state tax fee. Source: WLBT
"I would rather have a used piece of equipment that I can use and need in our mission than no equipment at all," said Chief Waggener.   Source: WLBT "I would rather have a used piece of equipment that I can use and need in our mission than no equipment at all," said Chief Waggener. Source: WLBT
The vehicle was decommissioned from the war in Afghanistan, but available for use to protect local law enforcement, at great savings.    Source: WLBT The vehicle was decommissioned from the war in Afghanistan, but available for use to protect local law enforcement, at great savings. Source: WLBT
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Facing budget cuts, law enforcement agencies across the state are turning to a unique program to save money. It's called the 1033 program, and it's allowing them to buy military grade weapons, vehicles and gear, for just pennies on the dollar.

The program connects law enforcement military surplus supplies across the country. Some of the items are free; departments just have to pay a 4 percent state tax fee.

"This enables us to do things we would never be able to afford," said Reservoir Patrol Chief Perry Waggener. "It greatly enhances our response capability."

The items are acquired through a secured website, which is limited to law enforcement use.

"I would rather have a used piece of equipment that I can use and need in our mission than no equipment at all," said Chief Waggener.

"It's a great program for us," said Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey. "We're getting military grade equipment for 10% of the original cost or cheaper. Again it just supplements how we're able to protect the public."

Sheriff Bailey has gone through the 1033 program to arm his patrol officers with M-16 rifles, each one costing about $100.00. (shipping + state tax) He now has a Mine -Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle on his shopping list, for his SWAT team.

The vehicle was decommissioned from the war in Afghanistan, but available for use to protect local law enforcement, at great savings.

"I think all Sheriff's want to be good stewards of the taxpayers money," added Sheriff Bailey. "That's what we try to do here. If I can buy something used or find the best price on it, that's what we do here, we research things and try to save all that we can."

Any law enforcement agencies wanting more information, click the link below to the LESO website.

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