The shocking display of police force in Ferguson, Mo. raised questions about how local law enforcement are obtaining high-grade weapons and vehicles.
Since 1990, the Pentagon’s 1033 program has given away about $1.4 billion in surplus tactical military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, according to a report published Wednesday by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system.
In August, we reported that Hawaii did receive some equipment through the program. Now thanks to the Pentagon’s recent release of data detailing all the equipment distributed throughout the states and territories, we know exactly how much.
Hawaii’s FBI agency received $1.2 million worth of equipment in the form of three mine-resistant vehicles. The FBI’s Crime Drug Squad also received $15,572.62 for a night vision image intensifier, infrared illuminator and “close quarters batt.” Immigration and Naturalization Service also received four utility trucks.
The Marshall Project created a handy tool below, breaking down what each state and county (including Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands) received from the program.
The Honolulu Police Department has stated that it has only received office equipment through the program.
Hawaii, like other states, has also received tens of millions of dollars through a separate Homeland Security Grant Program, intended to help states and counties prepare for terrorist threats and other disasters.