Use of military equipment

For decades, the Department of Defense Excess Property Program (1033 Program) has assisted U.S. law enforcement agencies in acquiring unused and surplus military equipment. Agencies have used this surplus military equipment to save civilian lives, protect law enforcement personnel, and enhance public safety.

Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of the equipment transferred from federal sources to law enforcement agencies is fairly routine—office furniture, computers, and other technology equipment; personal protective equipment; and basic firearms. Federal agencies do also transfer or fund the purchase of surplus military equipment, tactical vehicles, specialized firearms, and aircraft. The transfer of these items is important to law enforcement and their critical mission in helping to keep citizens safe. This page will serve as a clearinghouse of resources to help guide law enforcement as they are confronted with difficult questions related to the use of military equipment.

Messaging RESOURCE

Use of Military Equipment Messaging Sheet  

Other Resources

Standards for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies for the Acquisition of Controlled Equipment with Federal Resources (2015)

legislative initiatives

Statement of IACP President Yost Zakhary on the Review of the 1033 Program

police chief magazine articles

IACP Sets Legislative Agenda for the 114th Congress

Congress Returns: What to Expect

The 1033 Program: Effect on Law Enforcement and the Debate Surrounding It