Review: Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition


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Between FY2009 and FY2014, the federal government provided nearly $18 billion
dollars in funds and resources to support programs that provide equipment and tactical resources
to state and local LEAs. LEAs can acquire equipment through various programs administered by
the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), Treasury
(Treasury), and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).1
DOJ, DHS and ONDCP
directly fund equipment purchases through multiple grant programs. DOD manages the transfer
of excess equipment and also helps LEAs obtain new equipment at lower DOD prices.
Additionally, DOJ and Treasury fund equipment purchases and other law enforcement activities
through the equitable sharing component of the federal asset forfeiture programs. These
programs, in the main, have been valuable and have provided state and local law enforcement
with needed assistance as they carry out their critical missions in helping to keep the American
people safe.

 

 

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