Sparing use of military equipment
Cheney Police Department resorts to federal military surplus program when other options aren’t available
Cheney Police Chief John Hensley and department Cmdr. Rick Campbell want residents to know the department does not have any automatic weapons.
In fact, the majority of items used by Cheney Police are all of law enforcement and not military grade issue, Campbell said. And while the department has used the federal 1033 program in the past to obtain military hardware, it has since transitioned those items into law enforcement grade equipment through non-military sources.
“We don’t need a boat, MRAP, armored personnel carrier or helicopter,” Campbell said.
The 1033 program has come under...