Homeland Security Gone Wild?
Ok, I can’t help but think that this is a a rather ridiculous case of over-militarization of the police.
The city of Troy’s SWAT team has a brand new tool in its arsenal to help them react to emergency situations, and it’s the only one in the area. Tuesday, SWAT members demonstrated their new capabilities.
The Troy PD is excited about its new piece of gear saying the department has wanted one for years. Now, thanks to a program with the Department of Homeland Security, they have one. And they say they’re willing to share.
"It gives us capability, if we ever have an incidence, where we have an active shooter or officers down and in need of rescue or even citizens down for that matter," said Lt. Bryan Weed, "that we have the capability of going in and help getting them to a safe area."
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Troy, Alabama is a city of about 18,000 in a quiet part of the state. Yes, it has had its share of crime, but I can think of nothing since I started working at the university in 1998 that would require such a device (or even a situation in which it would have been used, although perhaps I am forgetting something). I certainly cannot see the expense being justified (and certainly not the best use of scarce resources).