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What military weapons does your police department have? A (great) interactive map

Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear

State and local police departments obtain some of their military-style equipment through a free Defense Department program created in the early 1990s. While the portion of their gear that comes from the program is relatively small (most of it is paid for by the departments or through federal grants), detailed data from the Pentagon illustrates how ubiquitous such equipment has become. Highlighted counties have received guns, grenade launchers, vehicles, night vision or body armor through the program since 2006.

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Compared Orange County or

Compared Orange County or Riverside, California to Los Angeles, California.

LMFAO. One of the most corrupt police departments has the most "assault rifles"

egapele's picture

Weapon making profiteers

The real battle is to stop the profit from going to the people manufacturing the weapons.

Then the militaiization of the world will stop.

Amazing map.Interesting to see how much better armed Brevard

County is than Orlando Florida.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

Surplus gear is

Surplus gear is misleading.


As ths article I previously quicklinked points out, a portion of the gear is new, and the intention is to whet departments appetites for direct purchases of similar gear from defense contractors, who are busy ramming the programs through Congress.

Great map!

I'm trying to figure out why a county in the middle of Oregon needs 8 grenade launchers.

if you toggle the icons

if you toggle the icons you'll notice hardly any have purchased armor.
once you toggle off the assault rifle icon the coverage is rather thin.
not to lessen the importance of any of those items they are equipped with, just bringing notice that they arm them well but are not armoring them well obviously.

SteveMT's picture

Amazing that this weapons info is coming from the NY Times.

How did this map get past the NY Times government embed?
Are they slipping? Thanks.

Wow! L.A.County Cops have bought over 3400 Assault Rifles!

That's more than all law enforcement in Northern California.

Interesting information.

Interesting information. Thanks for posting.