The american civil liberties union has released the results of its year-long study of police militarization the study looked at 800 deployments of swat teams among 20 local, state and federal. The clouds of tear gas, flurries of projectiles and images of police officers outfitted in military-grade hardware in ferguson, missouri, have reignited concerns about the militarization of domestic law enforcement in the united states. The images on the news of police wearing helmets and masks, toting assault rifles, and riding in mine-resistant armored vehicles are not isolated incidents—they represent a nationwide trend of police militarization. The increased militarization of the police is exhibited in the clothing, equipment and tactics deployed in dealing with crime and public disorder. “president obama oversaw a 24-fold (2,400%) increase in the militarization of local police between 2008 and 2014” this was not simply a “surge” in militarization of the police obama escalated the war against black and brown communities by several orders of magnitude.
The culprit is the militarization of the policethe weapons used in the “war on terror” that destroyed afghanistan and iraq have made their way to local law enforcement. The increased militarization of police has occurred alongside a significant decline in public trust for law enforcement agencies while the public continues to respect their own community’s law enforcement agencies, public confidence and trust in law enforcement as an institution have decreased since the early 2000s. Between 2002 and 2011 the department of homeland security, established after the attacks of september 11th 2001, disbursed more than $35 billion in grants to state and local police forces.
While policing in the united states is mostly a local affair, the federal government funnels billions of dollars to cater to state and local police units who want to militarize indeed, the federal government incentivizes militarized police, for example, by encouraging the hiring of military veterans, and by giving away surplus military. Police academics in the united states, with only a few exceptions, have been quite com- police militarization, therefore, is simply the process whereby civilian police increasingly draw from, and pattern themselves around, the military model the figure below illustrates the. An excerpt from the aclu's war comes home report, which shines a light on the militarization of police departments across the united states. Defining police militarization police militarization is a continuum defined by a combination of equipment, tactics, and culture that centers on violent conflict (7, 15, 16)in recent decades, local police agencies have militarized their departments to varying degrees, adopting weapons, attire, tactics, and organizational structures developed for theaters of war. The high militarization treatment also caused support for police funding in the united states to fall by roughly four points in the m-turk survey and two points in the ssi survey.
As the united states has the highest per capita gun ownership in the western world, it’s assumed that police departments should also be highly militarized but militarization has many issues and. Militarization of state and local law enforcement agencies police increased authority to force their way into people’s homes, often in drug cases additionally, solving the problem of police militarization teams—in the united states today has become excessively militarized, mainly through federal. Militarization of police refers to the use of military equipment and agencies participate in the reutilization program that has transferred $51 billion in military hardware from the united states department of defense to local american law enforcement the increased use of swat teams is a hallmark of increased police militarization. 3 militarization of local police is fueled by the “wars” on drugs, terror, and dissent the$militarization$of$domestic$law$enforcement$began$in$the$1970s$with$the. The intensive militarization of america’s police forces is a serious menace about which a small number of people have been loudly warning for years, with little attention or traction.
The police rampage in ferguson, missouri has increased public awareness of police militarization and drawn well-deserved attention to writers like radley balko who’ve documented the. Types of police policing in the united states is conducted by close to 18,001 federal, state, local and city departments every state has its own nomenclature for agencies, and their powers, responsibilities and funding vary from state to state. It was a gendarmerie-type police force (armed police force or a militarized police force) of the philippines established in 1901 by the united states-appointed administrative authority to replace.
Photo: gabe camacho the united states is not a battlefield, and our homes and communities should not be targets for military raids but throughout massachusetts today, forces composed of members of our public police departments increasingly resemble military units, backed up by advanced surveillance technologies, weapons, and battle vehicles. An increase of police and law enforcement into the community means more funding for militarization and less funding for community needs the long-withstanding and intimate relationship itoa has with our tax-paid government agencies is emblematic of where priorities are in respect to funding. The current state of race relations in the united states have brought to light the issue of the militarization of local police, where officers are being provided with unused equipment from the. The militarization of america’s police has been hotly debated in recent years critics argue that effectively turning cops into soldiers risks alienating them from the communities they supposedly serve.