From the Las Vegas Sun: Through a process known as the 1033 Program, agencies across the United States can get anything from a pair of boots to a working helicopter, and all they have to pay for is shipping and maintenance. Items are new and unused or refurbished military equipment....
Total value of equipment:
$2.45 millionLaw enforcement officers in the northern county have used the program extensively, receiving vehicles, weapons and high-tech equipment. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office procured 83 M16 assault rifles, a Bell helicopter, cold-weather gear, night-vision and infrared equipment, and even a coffee maker.
Reno police got nine assault rifles, a mine-resistant vehicle and about $230,000 worth of night-vision gear.
Twenty more rifles went to Sparks police, school district police and the District Attorney’s Office.
I can understand most of the equipment, but couldn't have Washoe Sheriff's Dept. just gone down to the local Wal-Mart and picked up a Mr. Coffee maker?
They probably paid more for shipping than the cost of a coffee maker.
Unless the coffee maker was armed and bullet proofed.
While they were at it, why didn't they buy a donut maker to go with the coffee maker?