The Rising Costs of Policing

March 17, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

In a wide ranging article that looks at the rising costs of law enforcement in the United States, Stephan Salisbury’s look at some of the examples of potential police excess stand out:

  • One county in Texas has purchased a weapons capable drone.
  • New York’s Police Department purchased submarines.
  • Tampa is equipping its surveillance helicopters with digital video uplinks.
  • Tampa also added an eight ton armored personnel carrier to its existing fleet of two tanks.

To see the dollar amounts that the United States has spent in developing security systems since 9/11, other examples of the technology being used to combat terrorist threats, and what this suggests about the United States, click here.

Source: Salon