Yesterday I published my opinion about the Sheriff's Office using military combat gear. While I highly doubt anyone will change my mind referencing the new military vehicle they recently obtained, I will say that when it comes to the "Task Force" serving warrants on high risk criminals, the gear that they wear is quite necessary.
Not long ago, (if you'll recall) a Sheriff's Deputy was shot in Cambridge attempting to serve a warrant to one of these hard criminals.
While it is rare, there have been situations in which shields and protective gear were absolutely necessary as a suspect had a high powered rifle with ammo that went right through homes in the neighborhood and was targeting Police Officers.
That being said, it is very rare but somehow law enforcement believes this vehicle is a necessity. Look, I may not agree with them and that is my right. It reminds me a LOT of the Salisbury Fire Department purchasing a Fire Boat and using every excuse in the world to sell the public on just why they so desperately needed it.
When the government is handing out Homeland Security money like free candy in a candy store, our REPUBLICAN and CONSERVATIVE leaders and elected officials need to be more fiscally responsible with our money. The Delmar Police Department have also abused the heck out of this equipment receiving tractor trailers, massive Army tents, several Humvee's and all sorts of other toys they DO NOT NEED.
Like the SFD, the WCSO wants to impress how this is not costing the local taxpayers. It's a liberal move and in my opinion an insult. Of course it's costing the local taxpayers as we too participate in paying taxes on a federal level. Those federal taxes are what paid for the equipment to start with.
Then we hear, the rest of the expenses on the vehicle will be paid for with drug money. Great, then let's place speed cameras in front of ALL the Schools and raid the local taxpayers for ALL of the toys LE wants and needs and NOT send ALL of that money to relieve the taxpayers "FOR THE CHILDREN".
I'll add one last thing. Some time ago the Daily Times did an article that exposed the overtime pay at the WCSO. Quite frankly I was very disturbed, (and you should be too) that a LOT of that overtime money was actually reimbursed by the FEDS. I did not know that FACT until recently and that is extremely important, to me, anyway.
The Daily Times was well aware of this FACT, yet they did NOT publish the TRUTH. Could it be the same when it comes to Worcester County? I'll say, WBOC did NOT share this important piece of information either and seemed to simply ride the shirt tails of the original Daily Times article.
Reporting from our local Main Stream Media seems to be more towards telling you what THEY want you to hear, not the facts and truth. It's Blogs like this one, (and others) that call them out. As we say, "YOU'VE BEEN BLOGGED".