Protection of Firearms and Explosives 

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The purpose of this policy is to provide direction and procedures for securing repositories containing firearms, explosives or incendiary devices that may be vulnerable to looting during civil disturbances. It is designed to accompany this agency’s policy on civil disturbances.

Civil disorders have been demonstrated to present highly fruitful opportunities for violence-prone elements of society to steal firearms, ammunition, explosives and incendiary devices. In the 1992 Los Angeles riots alone, over 4,300 automatic and semi-automatic weapons were stolen from gun stores, pawn shops and other locations. The availability of these weapons on the street represents a significant threat to the public safety. Therefore, it is the policy of this law enforcement agency to take all steps possible to prepare for such eventualities through establishing this emergency preparedness and deployment plan.

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