The department of defense has transferred more than 11,000 pieces of surplus weapons and equipment worth more than $12.4 million to Maryland law enforcement agencies since 1995.
The Law Enforcement Support Office, a branch of the Defense Logistics Agency, manages the transfer of military equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies through the 1033 Program.The 1033 program began under the National Defense Authorization Act in fiscal years 1990-1991 to assist local law enforcement efforts against drugs and counter-terrorism.The amount of equipment transferred from the U.S. Military to local law enforcement has increasedfrom $1 million in 1995 to $450 million in 2013.
Through the 1033 program, Maryland law enforcement agencies have obtained items such as pistols and rifles and desks and gym equipment.One agency in Garrett County obtained a grenade launcher.
The Defense Department has transferred 352 pistols, 2,068 rifles, and 216 shotguns to Maryland law enforcement agencies.
Prince George’s County, received the most tactical equipment in both units and value. The equipment includes weapons and armored vehicles.The county obtained 673 rifles, 39 shotguns, 73 Glock .40 caliber pistols, 3 armored trucks and a combat assault tactical wheeled vehicle.In all Prince George’s County obtained 1096 pieces of tactical equipment valued at $2.1 million.
Anne Arundel County received nearly $1.1 million in equipment including six observation helicopters worth $553,740.
Howard County received 789 pieces of tactical equipment worth $476,503, including more than 200 rifles and shotguns.
Montgomery, Queen Anne’s and Wicomico counties all obtained mine resistant vehicles totaling $1.9 million.
Much of the tactical equipment transferred to Maryland law enforcement is used by their SWAT units. Since 2010, Maryland SWAT units have been deployed on more than 6,500 occasions.The majority of those deployments served warrants on non-violent offenders.