Skip to comments.Weird… California City of 150,000 Rolls Out Armored Death Machine Complete with Machine Gun Turret
Posted on 02/27/2014 10:35:47 AM PST by servo1969
Welcome to Salinas, California. Its a community of only 150,000 people and the owner of the military assault death machine.
Thats right, a city of less than a quarter million owns a rolling death machine complete with a machine gun turret on top. What the h-ll would they need that for?
Heres another shot of the armored monster.
The Salinas Police Department made its new armored rescue vehicle available for public viewing on Tuesday in front of City Hall. Police said the ARV, acquired and customized at very low cost to the city, will provide protection and rescue capabilities to officers and civilians in high-risk situations. (The Californian)
The vehicle was obtained through the US governments 1033 program established as a means of reallocating government equipment for use by law enforcement.
10-20 Molotov cocktails would put that sucker out of commission pretty quick.
Obama DID say he wanted to create an internal police force that was just as well armed as the military. I’m beginning to think this is what he meant.
Will that windshield stop a .50 BMG round?
This is insanity using military weapons on the streets of America!
Must be in response to all of those cop cars being blown up by the Cartels and their RPG’s /s.
Ever live in Salinas? GANGS X 10. It is harder to find a non-gang member.
All those surplus Iraq and Afghanistan MRAPs are going somewhere.
This is the continuing militarization of local police forces since the early 70’s.
This creates an “Us vs. Them” mentality and further alienates the police from the community they serve.
Noticed in the first picture ... Monster Confer Center (upper right of photo) and is probably short for Monster Conference Center. Maybe they were waiting on the delegates to arrive?
If these were ever commandeered by evil people, an aluminum can of thermite with a magnesium fuse, placed over the engine compartment, will turn that into a gigantic paperweight.
Who exactly do they intend to “rescue” with this thing, and how?
off course the *S* is missing ... they’re undercover.
How much the sucker cost?
Where can I buy one so I can ship it to the Senior Center people of Salinas?
[Imagine? Police attacking a Senior Center coz seniors have an armored vehicle.]
“Will that windshield stop a .50 BMG round?”
It’s California, nobody has a .50 BMG rifle.
If the window is Alon, then no, a .50 won’t shatter it.
They’ll burn with the proper encouragement.
The 1033 Program
The 1033 Program (formerly the 1208 Program) permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer, without charge, excess U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personal property (supplies and equipment) to state and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs).
The 1033 Program has allowed law enforcement agencies to acquire vehicles (land, air and sea), weapons, computer equipment, fingerprint equipment, night vision equipment, radios and televisions, first aid equipment, tents and sleeping bags, photographic equipment and more.
Rules and Restrictions
The requesting agency must be a government agency that has a primary function of enforcing laws and with officers who are compensated and have powers of arrest and apprehension.
The property must be drawn from existing DoD stocks.
The receiving agency is responsible for all costs associated with the property after it is transferred, as well as for all shipping or federal repossession costs.
The recipient must accept the property on an as-is, where-is basis.
All property is transferred on a first-come, first-served basis.
Property may not be sold, leased, rented, exchanged, bartered, used to secure a loan, used to supplement the agency’s budget or stockpiled for possible future use.
A state or local law enforcement or corrections official begins the process by completing a “Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) Application for Participation in the 1033 Program.” This application can be found at the following link: https://www.dispositionservices.dla.mil/rtd03/leso/forms.shtml.
After the application is completed, the agency official sends the application to the State Point of Contact (SPOC) for the respective state in which the applicant is located.
On approval by the SPOC, the application is sent to the U.S. Department of Defense Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) in Battle Creek, Mich.
The LESO responds by sending a letter to the SPOC, who sends it on to the agency. This letter provides the agency with a unique number allowing the agency to access the LESO database and also identifies the law enforcement officers authorized to screen and receive property at all Defense Reutilization and Marketing Offices (DRMOs). In some states, all screening and acquisition of property is performed at the state level.
How to Find Available Items
There are two methods of screening excess property. The first is physically visiting DRMOs and looking over the excess property displayed. The second method would be reviewing the inventory listings of the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) through their website: https://www.dispositionservices.dla.mil/rtd03/leso/index.shtml.
For instructions on how to navigate the DRMS website, please contact your State Coordinator , call (800) 248-2742, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Charlie Brune, Law Enforcement Project Manager, Federal Excess Property Programs, cell phone (512) 517-8064; Email email@example.com.
Charlie Brune joined the staff of the Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center (SRTB-RC) on Sept. 1, 2009, as the law enforcement liaison for the Federal Surplus Property Program. SRTB-RC is one of centers in the National Law Enforcement Corrections and Technology Center (NLECTC) System, a program of the National Institute of Justice. SRTB-RC is a public safety program of The Center for Rural Development (CRD), based out of Somerset, Ky. Before joining NLECTC, Mr. Brune retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety as a captain with the Texas Rangers. Mr. Brune has more than 40 years of experience in state law enforcement involving several different state agencies. He has conducted numerous investigations into public corruption, money laundering, fraud and homicides. Mr. Brune has also served in the U.S. Army, obtaining the rank of staff sergeant. Mr. Brune graduated from Schreiner College in Kerrville, Texas.
I fell save now!/s
I was wondering if maybe the Mexican drug cartels would sell us POM (plain old muricans)any left over RPG’s. That is the only local supplier I can think of.
No but a 50bmp in the radiator would make for an expensive fix.
Hmmmmmm, the Air Force is trying to eliminate the A-10 from inventory.
Do you suppose we could get a couple?
“Ever live in Salinas? GANGS X 10. It is harder to find a non-gang member.”
Better odds they have access to the appropriate hardware to stand on equal footing.
Yup! Good thing us Ca citizens can’t own one, eh?
Will the radiator take hits from a .357 or a 12 ga slug?
I feel so much safer. /sar
Any heavy industrial tractor or truck could easily take that out...simply ram it, box it in...molotov it after. Its just a metal death box if things ever really SHTF. I’d not want to be a LEO sitting in there.
I knew I wasn’t the only one who thought that.
De-milled A10 would be fun to fly!
Expensive fast wearing tires
Just what every cash strapped muni needs....
Monterey County Conference Center
Slowly, well maybe bot so slowly now, The Armed Forces are being replaced by “law enforcement agencies”. Those in turned, are being manned by degenerates with no morals, low character, and no principles, only a joy to kill and maim. And when the order is given to round up and slaughter the sheep, they will eagerly carry it out.
After watching some of the videos from the Ukraine, it occurs to me that simple gasoline and bottles work wonders. If you coat the outside of that vehicle with burning fuel, the air intakes will fill with smoke and fire, and the metal will get hot as an oven. The piggies inside would have no choice but to evac or be cooked/smoked to death.
realistically, how effective are those?
More on the “1033 Program”
The Pentagons 1033 program: giving free military equipment to police departments around the U.S.
The police in the United States have been steadily militarized over the past decade to the point of absurdity, as recently exemplified by police rolling out an armored personnel carrier (APC) to the Occupy Tampa protests.
Benjamin Carlson of The Daily covered one of the more unsettling recent developments in this militarization of police, the Department of Defenses obscure 1033 program which has given away almost $500 million in leftover military equipment to law enforcement in the fiscal year of 2011.
This years total is more than double the amount of equipment handed out in 2010, which was $212 million worth of military gear, setting a new record for the program.
Included in this distribution of military equipment are: armored vehicles, like the one seen at Occupy Tampa and in towns and cities across the nation, along with M-16 assault rifles, grenade launchers, helicopters and even military robots.
Yet the 1033 program looks like it is getting even worse, with orders for the fiscal year 2012 being up 400% over the same period in 2011 according to data provided by the Pentagons Defense Logistics Agency to The Daily.
If it keeps at this pace, that would mean $2 billion in equipment for American police departments in the fiscal year 2012.
The 1033 program was passed by Congress in 1997, which I found quite interesting as most of these programs have been pushed in the wake of September 11th, 2001, under the pretext of fighting the so-called war on terror.
However, even then, their justification was that it would be used to fight drugs and terrorism and since it began, over 17,000 law enforcement agencies have accepted $2.6 billion in military equipment, only having to pay for the cost of delivering the gear.
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It will be up for auction in a few years. Maybe a farmer or rancher could think of an application for it. Or something for the monster truck circuit.
“America’s policemen are being encouraged more and more to operate as if they are at war.”
A friend and I were talking over lunch a few weeks ago. He started talking about the growing militarization of police forces and sheriffs offices all across the US.
The weaponry and armoured vehicles aside, he said the biggest problem will be the individuals using those weapons and vehicles. He said that many have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. over there, they were taught to handle civilians as if they were potential terrorists or criminals.
A large number have come back and have got positions in law enforcement - but they still see many of us (even if were doing nothing wrong) as potential terrorists and criminals. They don’t look at us as people to protect FROM the terrorists and criminals. Accordingly, you see an increase in aggressive, shoot first-maybe we’ll ask questions later actions by these officers and deputies.
Officers shooting cats and non-hostile dogs, people being beaten and rousted during routine traffic stops for even the slightest sign of non-cooperation, no-knock raids in which property is destroyed, etc - and all the while, the police get off scot-free as Internal Affairs investigations will always vindicate the officer as being “threatened”, thus leading to his/her actions.
I just had so much fun! I called the mayor’s office in Salinas. Talked to a very nice lady who was very gracious answering questions. LOL I asked her who the police plan to use the machine gun on. I asked, “are the police really paranoid or do they think there’s going to be an invasion? If no invasion, are they going to use it on citizens, on people going through red lights or on jay walkers?” She offered to connect me to the police department. LOL She had a good attitude.
can somone photoshop some dogs with red lines through them?(like WW2 fighter plane nose art)
Might depend on the projectile in the load.
With the right bullet, 50BMG is devastating.
Lot of gang bangers in Salinas and nearby Watsonville. They might need them when the Reconquista begins....
Ever live in Salinas? GANGS X 10. It is harder to find a non-gang member.”
so actually its a rolling bunker the police can hid in if they see a bad guy. and safely shoot your dog if it barks...
The citizenry has no friends in government, anywhere, only wanna be masters and overlords.
This is exactly what he meant. e wanted a militarized police force that could be used to quash any civilian rebellion.
That may be so; however I don't quite understand how exactly this "light tank" can be used against gangs. Do they intend to do a drive-by on a gang member's residence with this? Do they plan to find three or four suspects standing in a street corner and then unleash the hail of lead onto them from the roof-mounted machine gun? What would be the legal operational use of this vehicle? I just don't see any, unless the "legal" part is no longer a requirement for them.
American local cops moving to gestapo with heavy death machines. America is finished the land of the free and millions will lose their life trying to reinstall their rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. Doubt it? Well that is to be expected since at least 2/3 of Americans are brain dead. Just look at Europe for a mirror picture of our Country and it’s future.
It’s gonna suck dog when some psycho steals that and starts shooting up the city.
They have their wonderful new hammer. Now they will go looking for nails. It is amazing how everything can start to look like nails.