Qualification Control: 1033 Training Proposals
This project aims to explore the documents law enforcement agencies throughout the country are submitting to fulfill this training requirement, focusing on the vast inconsistencies between plans, the private contractors hired to instruct officers, and intersections between this program and the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s regional HIDTA program.
As part of a project to determine how much training came with the military gear the Pentagon was handing out to police departments, Dan Welch sent public records requests to all 50 states - and, for the heck of it, Guam. To our surprise, not only did the Guam Police Department respond, but they provided one of the most comprehensive releases.
On July 7, the Dallas Police engaged Micah Xavier Johnson in a 45-minute gun battle before ultimately sending in a bomb-defusing robot laden with explosives to kill him. Documents acquired from the DPD confirm what Chief David Brown said in July: there is absolutely nothing in their training materials to suggest that officers and manufacturers had previously considered using the robots for this deadly purpose.
Of all the training materials for police use of military vehicles we’ve seen so far, Colorado’s is by far the most comprehensive and informative … and also some of the strangest.
In California, the officer driving a 18-ton MRAP could have as much as 20 hours of training time - or as little as 15 minutes
Much like our previous audit of Texas police departments’ proposals to train officers in the operation of military-grade armored vehicles, similar documents from Californian law enforcement agencies revealed that there is no clear qualification standard when it comes to use of 18-ton Mine-Resistant vehicles.
It’s a reasonable expectation that if the Pentagon’s giving out 24-ton military vehicles, those departments should be sufficiently trained in how to use it. But as the wide discrepancy in quality shown by docs released by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows, that’s not always be the case.
The Willimantic, CT police department is one of the many police departments that acquired a mine-resistant MAXXPRO MRAP through the 1033 program. In response to a records request for any documents regarding the department’s use of the vehicle, the WPD provided their MRAP training Power Point presentation.
Daniel Welch sent this request to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs of Alabama
Daniel Welch sent this request to the Department of Career Education, Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) of Arkansas
Daniel Welch sent this request to the Division of Administration, Lousiana Federal Property Assistance Agency of Louisiana
Daniel Welch sent this request to the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management of Minnesota
Daniel Welch sent this request to the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration of Mississippi
Daniel Welch sent this request to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services of New York