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Posted by Alocksly on Friday, April 06, 2012 02:55 PM Pacific Report Abuse
A department, however small, should have the equipment and training to be able to handle what equipment and training an offender is able to procure.
Small towns an rural areas have their fair share of "Sovereign Citizens", modern day survivalists, paranoid meth chemists, or just plain old gun nuts; all who own AK-47s, tricked out ARs, BMGs etc. They can (and do) buy night vision equipment, video surveillance setups, and armor defeating ammunition. The body armor we wear, the weapons and ammo we carry, and even many of our tactics are common knowledge and are discussed in detain in any number of gun enthusiast magazines. An offender who is anticipating a confrontation with LE is more than able to prepare himself (or herself) to deal with the average patrol officer in a crown vic.
Having a uniform that allows me some concealment at night and having quick access to a long gun just barely begins to tip the scales back in my favor when I have to confront a constitutionalist on his home turf.
Having a team with an armored vehicle and scoped long guns I can call pushed the scales further onto my side.
The reality is that offenders can and will use "military grade" equipment to overcome law enforcement and law enforcement needs and DESERVES to be sufficiently equipped to handle them.