By Tim Kowols
The decision to lift a ban on transferring surplus military gear to local law enforcement agencies by the Trump administration could save departments thousands of dollars every year. According to the USA Today, the executive order by President Donald Trump would allow law enforcement to obtain the equipment to better respond to local unrest and assist in drug investigations. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says it is good news for departments like his to help ease the burden on their tight budgets.
Joski hopes to use the military surplus on ammunition used for training exercises. The agreement, known as the “1033 program,” was reversed by the Obama administration in the wake of the 2015 Ferguson, Mo. Riots. It was also one of the recommendations by the White House as a part of their Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department participated in last year.