Insight: Police equipment allows officers to be prepared for today’s dangers

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Police officers guard a convenience store after it was partially looted on West Florissant Avenue following the St. Louis County grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo.

OXFORD — Many articles have been written about the militarized equipment given to law enforcement agencies across the nation. I read constantly how police officers should reject the equipment because they are not the military. What I don’t see in print are the benefits that having such equipment provides.

First, let me speak clearly about what law enforcement agencies are getting. They get automated external defibrillators, office furniture, cots, equipment bags, computers, light generators, tourniquets, robots, rifles, storage containers — just to mention a few — and, yes, much-needed body armor. They are not getting tanks, rocket launchers, helicopter gunships or anti-missile batteries.

Bill Partridge is chief of the Oxford Police Department.