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Local SWAT Team Says, "We Need Our Military Surplus Vehicles"

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From Ferguson, Missouri to our region, many American law enforcement agencies use military surplus equipment to protect and serve. From Ferguson, Missouri to our region, many American law enforcement agencies use military surplus equipment to protect and serve.
NBCRightNow.com - From Ferguson, Missouri to our region, many American law enforcement agencies use military surplus equipment to protect and serve.

The debate is on in Washington D.C concerning whether or not our local officers are too militarized.

We have three heavily armored vehicles used by the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team in our area. One was used recently in a standoff situation in Pasco. 49-year-old Richard Howard was firing his rifle in his front yard. As officers attempted to control the situation, one person was saved by one of the armored vehicles according to members of the local SWAT team.

Tuesday's debate in D.C. stems from much of what we've seen happen in places like Ferguson, Missouri where this gear is used against protesters.

"These programs were established with a very good intention. To provide equipment that would help law enforcement perform their duties. The question is whether what our police receive match what they truly need to uphold the law," said Senator Tom Carper, the chair of the Homeland Security Committee.

According to our officers they do need this equipment. They say in some cases these are tools used to save lives. Although, the equipment they use isn't as militarized as some of the things we're seeing out of Ferguson. 
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