- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Burlington Police Department has severed its ties with a Department of Defense program that provides surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies, saying such items aren’t necessary.

Under the 1033 Program, the department acquired two military-issued night vision devices, which were returned this summer.

Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said Monday there are times when military-style equipment is essential for public safety, but they are very rare. He said between the department’s partners in the state police and National Guard, as well as other agencies, there are enough resources to handle all but the most “inconceivable” public safety scenarios in Burlington.

The flow of excess tactical gear to local law enforcement agencies nationally came under scrutiny in August following clashes between protesters and heavily-armed police in Ferguson, Missouri.

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