Statement of the IACP on the White House Review of Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition

STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE ON THE WHITE HOUSE REVIEW OF FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT EQUIPMENT ACQUISITION

 

The IACP is in the process of reviewing the White House report on the use of the Department of Defense Excess Property Program (1033 program) by state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement executives understand that recent events have given rise to questions about this program and its value to law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. While we understand the need to establish appropriate requirements that safeguard the use of this equipment by law enforcement, we must remember that equipment acquired through this program has aided law enforcement in protecting our communities, and helped keep both officers and civilians safe from harm.

Law enforcement is an inherently dangerous job; the violent shooting that occurred yesterday in Waco, Texas, demonstrates that. There are, unfortunately, occasions when equipment secured through this program are needed by law enforcement to protect lives, prevent the further escalation of violence, and ensure the safety of our communities.

The IACP is committed to working with the White House, the Department of Justice, and all agencies involved as we review the working group’s recommendations.