Thursday, October 9, 2014

Militarization of Police

Police are not being militarized as some people claim.  Police are using armored cars and automatic weapons just as we have done since at least the 1930's in America.  The only difference is that they are being used by more agencies because the costs are low and the benefits are perceived as high.

Many officers have difficulty responding to the charge that police are being militarized.  Tell people that as we face active shooters, we have learned that ballistic helmets are an important part of police protective gear.  As we face hostage takers, armored cars allow police to rescue wounded people in the line of fire without as great a danger as without armored cars.

As we face prolonged standoffs, a camelback type hydration system can be helpful.  Police snipers have been around since at least the 1960s, nearly 50 years, to stop those doing immediate harm to others and are too far away to the shot at with a handgun.  Police use some military style equipment, but the nature of what we do with it is vastly different; that's what the SGT Says.

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