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Salisbury PD Proposes a Speedier Process for Getting Military Surplus

SALISBURY, Md.- Most people would agree that the government spends billions on military materials.

But what happens to all of that after a war is over?

Many times, the government gives the equipment to local law enforcement agencies at little to no cost to tax payers. And that's what the Salisbury Police Department wants to get its hands on.

It's things like computers, lockers or even some furniture the  department said it could always use more of.

That's where the government's 1033 Program comes in.

But the department said certain city requirements kind of leaves them getting the leftovers.

"If you wait a certain time limit then all of the good things are gone and it's kinda like a first come first serve basically," said Sergeant John Felts, "typically we have to go in front of the council for two readings, if we want some of these items from the 1033 program then it's kinda like you check off exactly what you would like and you have 48 hours to pick those items up but at this point it takes longer than 48 hours for us to actually receive them through the city."

Felts said the materials just like some shotguns the department acquired a few years ago, are quite beneficial when it comes to their needs especially because they're free.

"This is all free of charge to the tax payers that's what makes it such a good deal," Felts said."I mean it doesn't take money out of our budget that we have right now."

The program seems to be working well for the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.The office acquired an armored platform vehicle that is normally priced at $750, 000 but the department got it for free.

Sheriff Mike Lewis said that the only money spent was in transporting the machinery for which the cost was covered by seized drug money. 

"I canvassed other law enforcement executives in our county and I told them that we would offer this mine-resistant platform vehicle to any law enforcement agency in the county in fact through out the entire region," Lewis said. 

Lewis also added that most times, used military surplus is for local law enforcement agencies to keep, but the government can always ask for it back.

Felts said the department plans to make its presentation to city council at a June 19 work session in Salisbury.
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