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Statement Regarding President of the United States Lifting Ban on Military Equipment For Police

I am a strong supporter of providing our public safety employees with all essential equipment to insure they can do their job and provide for their safety.  However, I was alarmed by last week’s news that the President of the United States has lifted the ban on providing certain surplus military equipment to police departments.  In particular, The Toledo Blade printed a front page story: Military equipment ban for police lifted: Restrictions went too far, Sessions says that in part stated:

Mr. Obama issued an executive order in 2015 that severely limited the program.

His order prohibited the federal government from providing grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, and firearms and ammunition of .50-caliber or greater to police.

As of December, the agency overseeing the program recalled at least 100 grenade launchers, more than 1,600 bayonets, and 126 tracked vehicles — that run on continuous, tank-like tracks instead of wheels — that were provided through the program.

I have communicated my concerns to Chief of Police Kral about the City of Toledo acquiring equipment which by design is not appropriate for use in the civilian policing environment.  I will likewise communicate the same to the City Administration and I will strongly oppose any effort to acquire this level of weaponry for use by the City of Toledo.


Larry J. Sykes 

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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:37 -0700.

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