Sutter County Sheriff's Office missing military-grade weapons

Aug 28, 2014 5:29 PM by News Staff

A captain with the Sutter County Sheriff's Office says they are still missing two M16 assault rifles.

They were given to the department by the Department of Defense's 1033 program, which supplies surplus military weapons to local law enforcement agencies.

In light of recent debates over the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, a website called Fusion compiled a list law enforcement agencies that have lost military grade weapons through the 1033 program.

Captain McElfresh said they were suspended from the program last fall, but were reinstated earlier this year.

"We've had a lot of mis-accountability, where numbers have been duplicated, weapons have been exchanged without proper accountability," McElfresh said. "That's why we revised our entire accountability system."

McElfresh said they were reinstated by the program earlier this year.

Elsewhere in California, the Stockton Police Department and Huntington Beach Police Department were both mentioned by Fusion for missing military-grade weapons.


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