Salinas, California, a community of 150,000 people are the new owners of a military assault death machine that comes complete with a machine gun turret on the top. The Salinas Police Department displayed its new armored rescue vehicle for public viewing in front of City Hall. Police said the ARV, acquired and customized at very low cost to the city, will provide protection and rescue capabilities to officers and civilians in high-risk situations.
Vehicles like this can be purchased through the US government’s 1033 program established as a means of reallocating government equipment for use by law enforcement. The 1033 Program allows law enforcement agencies to acquire excess (surplus) property for any bonafide law enforcement purpose with a preference given to counter-drug and terrorism requests.
One must wonder why a town of this size feels it needs to spend money for this type of protection… and from what?
By: ~Rebel Rebellion III%