Are American cops really all that 'militarized'?
Compared to many police agencies around the world, the average cop in the United States is woefully under-equipped
In recent years, protesters, politicians, and some members of the press have decried what they call the "militarization" of American law enforcement. Citing things like the acquisition of equipment through the 1033 program — which has enabled law enforcement agencies to remain effective despite diminishing budgets — critics have said that police in America are too heavily armed and armored. What they don't realize is that compared to many police agencies around the world, the average cop in the United States is woefully under-equipped. In this podcast segment Jim and Doug discuss Jim's recent trip to Europe and what he saw there compared to what we have here.