After the recent events in Ferguson, people throughout the US have started to question whether local police departments are becoming too militarized.
As it stands, the Department of Defense (DOD) has a program that provides unused vehicles, body armor and tactical gear to law enforcement agencies at no cost. A number of police and sheriff’s departments have chosen to take advantage of that, but the San Jose Police Department decided to give back what they were given.
Sources within the SJPD said they had previously acquired a military transport vehicle, but last month, they decided to return it. On one hand, they felt it could be useful in terror or active shooter situations. On the other, they were concerned that the presence of what is essentially a military tank, would cause a rift between the San Jose Police and community members.
For them, the risks were not worth the potential return.
Read the full story here: Bay Area police departments got millions in military surplus, records show