Minnesota-based law enforcement agencies have acquired around 8,500 pieces of military-grade equipment from the Pentagon's 1033 Program over the years, including weapons, medical supplies and vehicles.
The Pentagon's 1033 Program allows local law enforcement agencies to acquire surplus military gear -- including weapons, medical equipment and vehicles -- at no cost.
About 8,500 individual pieces of military equipment were transferred to law enforcement agencies in Minnesota since the program's inception in the early 1990's, according to public data obtained by the Star Tribune.
Between September 2011 and September 2013, Minnesota agencies acquired $4.2 million in surplus military gear, according to federal data. About $25 million in military inventory has been transferred to Minnesota police departments and other organizations overall, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
More than 8,000 federal and state agencies from every U.S. state and territory have participated in the program.
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Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency