Burlington Police No Longer Using Repurposed Military Equipment For Policing

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Burlington Police Department announced they are severing ties with the Department of Defense (DOD) over a program that allows police to repurpose military equipment for domestic policing.

The department says since the summer, the department possessed two military-issued night vision devices, which are part of the DOD program.

“There are times when military-style equipment is essential for public safety, but they are very
rare," Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said.  "Between our partners in the Vermont State Police and the Vermont National Guard, as well as the other federal and local agencies the Burlington Police Department partners with, we have the resources to handle all but the most inconceivable public safety scenarios.  Amassing a worst-case scenario arsenal of military equipment results in officers seeing everyday policework through a military lens. When I realized what a small role the military played in equipping our police, I concluded it was better to return the items."

Mayor Weinberger says he supports this decision.


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