The Re-Militarization of Police Forces

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In a Washington Post article from August 27, 2017, the militarization of police forces was discussed as President Donald Trump was planning to resume the transfer of surplus weapons, vehicles and other equipment from the United States military to state and local law enforcement agencies.

While many disagree with the move, a background paper prepared by the Department of Justice cited two articles in which the American Economic Journal found that distributing military weapons and equipment to civilian law enforcement had “generally positive effects” and “reduced street-level crime.” One of the studies calculated that for every $5,800 in military aid given to law enforcement agencies through the 1033 program, society saved about $112,000 in costs due to prevented crime.

What are your thoughts on providing military style gear to police forces?

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