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President signs executive order standardizing federal support for local law enforcement equipment acquisition

from IAEM

President Obama on Jan. 16 signed Executive Order 13688, "Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition," which concerns standardizing procedures governing federal government provision of controlled equipment and funds for controlled equipment to law enforcement agencies. The federal government has long supplied equipment to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies (LEAs) through equipment transfers, asset forfeiture programs and federal grants, to assist LEAs in carrying out their missions to ensure public safety. The executive order focuses on "controlled equipment," defined as military and military-styled equipment, firearms, and tactical vehicles, stating "The Federal Government must ensure that careful attention is paid to standardizing procedures governing its provision of controlled equipment and funds for controlled equipment to LEAs. Moreover, more must be done to ensure that LEAs have proper training regarding the appropriate use of controlled equipment, including training on the protection of civil rights and civil liberties, and are aware of their obligations under Federal non-discrimination laws when accepting such equipment." A working group has been established to confer with external stakeholders and to submit its recommendations and implementation plans to the President within 60 days. more

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