Should Deputy Barney Fife Have A Tank?

Volusia Beach Patrol - A.K.A. - Beach Safety Ocean Rescue
Is Ineligible To Receive Military Equipment

September 11, 2014
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Should Deputy Fife Have A Tank?

Due to the incident last month in Ferguson, Missouri (August 2014) - whereas a police officer shot and killed 18 year old Michael Brown, questions have arisen on whether local police departments should have military equipment assigned to them.

We would imagine that the U.S. Congress will soon be addressing that very question. However, isn't that why each state has a National Guard - in case the police need back up?

Okay, maybe our bigger cities might need immediate access to some of this military equipment - so that they can respond to a threat within their jursidiction, or to backup a smaller city - but does Mayberry really need a tank. While Barney might want a tank - the more even tempered Sheriff Taylor, might come to the understanding that the Mount Pilot PD can always back Mayberry up, if, and when the need arises.

The decision is for Congress to make, and hopefully, we have more Taylors than Fifes in Congress.

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According to a nationally published media article - Cox News Service Washington Bureau reporter, Patrick Terpstra discovered that 145 police departments nationwide have been banned from participating in the surplus military equipment program.

Not at all surprising to us here at VolusiaExposed - two of the departments that have been banned from this federal surplus program, commonly known as the 1033 program, reside here in Volusia County, Florida.

The Daytona Beach Police Department was banned for the most common reason - missing military firearms - in the particular, M-16s military rifles.

The Volusia County Beach Patrol - AKA - Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, a recent name change to help them recover for an embarassing underage sex scandal, was banned from the 1033 program because they sold two military humvees to the public during a county surplus auction.

According to the restrictions in the 1033 program - if a police department opts not to continuing using the surplus military equipment, it must be returned to the U.S. Government.

VolusiaExposed.Com wonders if there is a very interesting tangent story to be told, in discovering, who secured the winning bids on the humvees during the Volusia County surplus auction?

No Harm - No Foul - All Is Forgiven

The good news (well may not) is that Volusia County officials have apparently convinced federal officials that the auctioning of the humvees was a mistake. In a recent email between Volusia County Department of Public Protection - Deputy Director, Terry Sanders and several ranking Volusia County officials - Sanders states that federal officials are willing to "write off" the two humvees and restore access of the 1033 program to the Beach Patrol.

Our Opinion

Small police departments, especially ones with the limited law enforcement responsibilites, as is the case with the Volusia County Beach Patrol, have no logical need for heavy surplus military equipment, such as tanks. Participation by these smaller departments for light equipment such as radios, flack jackets and etc. would be understandable.

We do support limited access to surplus military equipment to local sheriff departments. By giving each sheriff department a military truck, or a tank or two - this will allow the local sheriff to respond to those unique situations whereas this equipment may be needed. Further, the local sheriff department can back up city police chiefs as needed. If the sheriff needs further back up - have the governor activate the National Guard.

To Small Town Police Chiefs

You don't need mine resistant trucks or tanks - AND if you ever do need one - call your local sheriff. And yes we suspect, that if you ask your sheriff, he will also have his deputies to clear you a path to your hunting camps with their tank, especially if you invite him to go hunting ! So you see - your city really doesn't need a tank.

Did Sheriff Andy Taylor Get It Right?

Maybe, these small police departments, like the Volusia County Beach Patrol - can take a lesson from Sheriff Taylor. Give them only one bullet, and have them store it in their pockets. One more suggestion - banning the officers from carrying any matches or lighters. Just a thought !



If you found this article to be thought provoking, we (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite you to review, the below linked, Special Investigative Report, exposing law enforcement corruption with the State of Florida.


by Matthew Doig and Anthony Cormier
Tarnished badge, flawed system
Police unions / political clout
Predator in uniform?
What the personnel files reveal
Problems and solutions
Flagrant abuses invite little scrutiny
Problem officers still find work
How serious offenses go unreported
Sworn to protect....their pensions
Governor investigates CJSTC
Additional concerns surrounding the
Volusia County Sheriff's Department

VCSO deputy supplies underage females with alcohol.

VCSO deputy sexually approaches female prisoner?

Sex and the Badge
Extra-martial affairs within the VCSO?

VCSO deputy engaging in sexual relationship, while on duty?

VCSO deputy attempts romantic relationship with felony suspect?

VCSO deputy sexually assaults handcuffed woman.

VCSO deputy reprimanded for domestic violence arrest

VCSO Frangiamore-Carper murder-suicide incident

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