Life Vests, Tents, a Radiation Detector and Other Military Surplus Items Provided to SPD

In light of the ongoing national conversation about the militarization of law enforcement agencies in the United States, the Seattle Police Department has received several requests for information about military equipment purchased through a federal surplus program.

Those items—provided by the Department of Defense between May 2010 and March 2014—are listed below:

  • Flotation vests
  • Ballistic plates for officers’ bulletproof vests
  • Binoculars
  • Telescopes
  • Signage
  • Ventilated tents
  • A radiation detector
  • Rifle sights, used by the approximately 130 officers who have passed the department’s rifle-certification program.
  • Two utility trucks, which the department returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord after seven months.
  • Coveralls
  • Gloves
  • A metal utility cabinet
  • And pistol holsters

You can download a spreadsheet detailing these items here.

The prices listed in the spreadsheet show the items’ original value, not the amount paid by SPD. Equipment provided through the DoD’s 1033 surplus program only requires police agencies to cover the cost of shipping.

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