Army Surplus Items Helping Police

Coffee Co. sheriff patchSince 1993, Tennessee law enforcement agencies have received more than 41,000 military surplus items worth at least $121 million, much of that going to the state’s smaller cities and counties.
According to a Tennessean report based on data from the state Department of General Services, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office leads the pack at $9.7 million in equipment. It is followed by the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, $8.1 million, Livingston Police, $4.5 million, Parsons Police, $4.2 million and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at $3.8 million in equipment.
Over the past nine years, Tennessee has moved from 47th in the nation to the top 10 in acquiring military surplus.