Little restraint in military giveaways

12:55 AM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
(AP file)
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MORVEN, Ga. (AP) -- An Associated Press investigation of a Defense Department program designed to help local law enforcement fight crime shows that some small-town police departments have been grabbing tons of discarded military gear regardless of whether the items are needed or will ever be used.

In tiny Morven, Ga., the police chief took three boats, scuba gear, rescue rafts and a couple of dozen life preservers even though the town's deepest body of water is an ankle-deep creek.

Records show that more than $4 billion has been distributed for free under the program since 1990, with a disproportionate share being obtained by police department and sheriff's offices in rural areas with few officers and little crime.

Associated Press

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