Demilitarizing law enforcement agencies will negatively impact the Shasta County Sheriff's Office

Aug 19, 2014 8:28 PM

The heavy use of military-grade equipment has caught the attention of some federal officials who are now reconsidering supplying military equipment to law enforcement agencies around the country.

Attorney General Eric Holder is talking about possibly cutting the 10-33 program, which allows law enforcement agencies around the country to receive military equipment.

That move that could significantly impact the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

"You pull out an armored's a game changer for us on tactics and how we're gonna do things and it's gonna increase the odds of someone getting hurt."

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office received two bullet-proof humvees under the 10-33 program about two years ago.
They've also received a variety of weapons and tactical equipment since the program first started in 1990.

"For the 10-33 program there are obviously two missions, counter drug and counter terrorism...and we do have a pretty bad drug problem here in Shasta County."

Captain Bertain says it's more than just protecting officers, it's about effective crime fighting when the civilian population is in great danger.

Case in point -- Last year an Anderson man fired at the SWAT team during a standoff - had it not been for their military Humvee, the situation could have played out much differently.

"It's a force multiplier when you can roll up on an armored vehicle and deploy personnel closer to the scene...we're driving up to the front door."

Without some of the military-grade equipment provided by the 10-33 program, Captain Bertain says the Sheriff's Office is going to have to come up with a new plan.

"It's gonna significantly impact the way we operate."
As for the Redding Police Department, Chief Paoletti says they won't see any major changes if the program was cut.


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