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Richmond County Sheriff's Office acquires surplus military equipment

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The Richmond County Sheriff's Office's newly acquired mine-resistant vehicle.   SPECIAL
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The Richmond County Sheriff's Office's newly acquired mine-resistant vehicle.

The department announced Tuesday it has acquired a wide-ranging assortment of government military surplus items, including a mine-resistant vehicle, a dozen Humvees, 50 body bags and 500 chests of ammunition. It’s all part of more than $3.4 million in equipment military surplus equipment picked up since January at little or no cost.

“This is something that we might have needed and we didn’t have to spend any money,” Capt. Calvin Chew said. “We could use (the money) in the budget for something else now. All around, it’s a great program and it’s something the sheriff is very proud of.”

The department has wasted no time in putting the equipment to use, Chew said. The Humvees arrived Jan. 22, and were quickly put into service transporting medical personnel to and from work in the wake of a February ice storm that crippled much of the Augusta area. The four-wheel drive capabilities allowed deputies to travel icy roads to rescue stranded citizens, he said.

The mine resistant vehicle arrived a month later, and was stationed at the department’s command center at Augusta National Golf Club during this year’s Masters Tournament.

“Because of the bombing in Boston, we wanted to have something on site that could go into dangerous situations if needed,” Chew said. “It’s also good for our special ops personnel. You’ve got to understand that we cater to a lot of the surrounding agencies, so they call on our assistance in a lot of situations where we might need to use these vehicles.”

The sheriff’s office plans to use two boats acquired through the surplus program to patrol Augusta waterways, something Chew says is mandated by law. The boats are valued at more than $430,000 combined.

After the May 4, 2013 attack of a couple on Riverwalk Augusta, having an additional set of eyes on the water is helpful, Chew said.

“More law enforcement presence is always good,” he said. “It’s a deterrent to certain crimes.”

Other items acquired included weight-lifting equipment, life vests, power generators and cooking equipment.

Chew said the department will continue to use outlets such as military surpluses to fit the needs of the department in the future.

“We’re always looking for ways to supplement our budget,” he said. “This is a great way of doing so.”

GOVERNMENT SURPLUS EQUIPMENT

Some military surplus items received by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office:

DATEQTYITEMTOTAL VALUE
1/22/20141Utility Truck(Humvee)$55,000
2/4/2014500Chest,Ammunition$5,550
2/22/20141Mine Resistant Vehicle$733,000
2/28/201435Sleeping Bag$3,891.65
3/6/201420Public Address Set$92,306.60
3/17/20146,164Meal, Individual$663,246.40
4/21/201452Life Preservers, Life Vests$21,086.52
4/21/201450Pouch, Deceased person$2,079
4/22/201475Sabers/Swords (Honor Guard)$1,995
5/17/20141Large Boat$417,063.54
5/28/201490Boots, Combat$9,197.10
5/28/20143Military Toilet Kits in BXS$1,267.26
6/24/20141Small Craft Boat$19,700
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OJP
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OJP 07/01/14 - 08:07 pm
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Thanks but no thanks.

Augusta doesn't need a mine resistant vehicle. Please remove the weapons of war from civilian streets.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/01/14 - 09:12 pm
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No, we may not NEED a mine

No, we may not NEED a mine resistant vehicle, but it'll sure look great in parades, wouldn't it?
I think getting all that stuff is great!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/01/14 - 10:51 pm
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This is great news. All my

This is great news. All my life I have looked forward to the day when local law enforcement would become militarized.

mll
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mll 07/02/14 - 12:25 am
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Not sure I like this.............

This has happened all over the US. Obama's government making sure that local law enforcement has the capabilities of our military. For citizen unrest? For use against our citizens? Yep, not sure I like this at all.

specsta
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specsta 07/02/14 - 03:49 am
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Police State In Augusta

I'm beginning to wonder exactly who we're going to need the protecting from...criminals or the police. Or both.

https://www.aclu.org/war-comes-home-excessive-militarization-american-po...

corgimom
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corgimom 07/02/14 - 06:07 am
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Oh, honestly, calm down. It's

Oh, honestly, calm down. It's old surplus equipment. At least somebody can get some use out of it.

Read the story. What did they use it for? Ice storms and a possible bomb threat at the Masters, just like at the Boston Marathon.

Sadly, nowhere is safe any more.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/02/14 - 06:32 am
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Sure looks like We are preparing for a Civil War

with all the Military equipment being handed out nationwide.

50 Body Bags,

20 Crowd Control PA systems,

6,164 MRE's Meal, Individual @ $663,246.40 these are 7 day pack cases, not individual or else they cost $107.60 a meal. that 43, 148 meals divided by 90 days = Enough food to feed an initial interment prison population of 500 for 90 days.

RCSO now a has a NAVAL Dept. with 2 boats. valued at $430,000.

Remember these are MILITARY GRADE equipment.
Parts come from DOD Contractors, which means $$$$$$$$$ for a bolt.

vinnydelicious
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vinnydelicious 07/02/14 - 06:36 am
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$100 per meal?

Is that for MREs? They must be putting filet mignon in there nowadays.

studmuffin1533
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studmuffin1533 07/02/14 - 06:46 am
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Seriously??

Bad enuf we trust these idiots with guns, tasers, and fast cars. Now, we're giving them weapons of war?

I hope they will use the new boat on Lake Olmstead. I hear there is a lot of smuggling going on there.

reader54
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reader54 07/02/14 - 07:14 am
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Old surplus

The Gov't spent $billions in 2007 for rush orders and now give them to the Police. Are they sure that they won't be needed with the talk of going back to Iraq? Or elsewhere?
How old are they?

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/02/14 - 07:25 am
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Ice Storms-Not

Don't believe the PR. Hide and watch, you will see the "surplus" driving thru the front door of a small time crook who want come out; destroying everything as it goes.
What do you think the rancher in AZ will see next time-surplus tanks coming to shut him down. Remember Waco

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/02/14 - 07:56 am
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I say we attack Burke County.

I say we attack Burke County. All their sheriff has is two flat belly wagons.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/02/14 - 08:19 am
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River

Naw, North Augusta. First they stole your name and now the baseball team. You could lob bombs across the river like Buddy Carr's "ole general" character (WBBQ) used to do.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 07/02/14 - 08:34 am
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They are

They are preparing for war against US.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/02/14 - 08:37 am
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"Oh, honestly, calm down.

"Oh, honestly, calm down. It's old surplus equipment."

Yeh, don't worry about your local police becoming paramilitary organizations. Nothing to see here folks...until you decide to disagree with government policies.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 07/02/14 - 08:51 am
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I'm Not Sure

I'm not sure that a $400K boat on the Savannah River is going to protect anyone on RiverWalk. Well, unless it is really a gunship. What kind of boat costs $400K??!! I have seen "surplus" up in other counties around Atlanta. Interesting assortment of items, however. Oh yeah I forgot, if they need another body-bag, I have one @ the office. Never can tell when/if you need one. Actually, a Halloween joke that never happened. But.....

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/02/14 - 08:55 am
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MarinemanONE

People are not suppose to be smart enough to know that a person on Riverwalk cannot be protected from the river. If the police saz it, it's got to be true.
Drones anyone?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/02/14 - 08:56 am
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upkeep

Wonder what the upkeep of the stuff will cost. I would imagine a $400K boat requires a lot of maintenance. Is that in the budget?

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/02/14 - 09:04 am
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Ike warned us: Beware the Military Industrial Complex

Looking at these prices does anyone wonder why we're in debt? Two wars for over a decade doling out these kind of bucks to military contractors? No wonder they love us to be at war all of the time and all of the retired politicians and their staff go lobby for these guys to keep us at war. Probably a pretty good reason they're estimating Bush's 2 little wars are going to cost us up to $6 trillion bucks. Hey, that's only well over 2 years over our entire federal revenue.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/02/14 - 09:29 am
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“This is something that we

“This is something that we might have needed and we didn’t have to spend any money,” Capt. Calvin Chew said. “We could use (the money) in the budget for something else now. All around, it’s a great program and it’s something the sheriff is very proud of.”

What a moronic statement. "Something we might have needed"... It might not have cost money to obtain it, but it sure as heck will cost a lot to store it, maintain it, and then dispose of it (once it's obsolete or expired).

And the story says they received a dozen Humvees in January, yet the info at the bottom says they only received one. What gives?

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 07/02/14 - 09:32 am
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Douglas MacArthur said:

Our swollen budgets constantly have been misrepresented to the public. Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear — kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor — with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real. - Douglas MacArthur

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/02/14 - 09:33 am
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Bod

Asking people to back up dubious claims such as $6 billion costs, is not "jumping on commentators". You don't like it because you stop by every morning, throw out bombshells and then never come back to defend your position. Mainly, because you can't. There are left leaning folks, EEL and Burn come to mind, who post on here and stay around to defend their positions. I bet they don't feel "jumped on". Outnumbered for sure, but they hold their own because they have a decent argument.

historylover
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historylover 07/02/14 - 09:48 am
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Where is the comment that was posted by Bod earlier?

I read a very long comment from Bod that hit on a lot of what is wrong with the discussions on this page. Apparently it's been pulled or flagged. What a shame. All of you can hit over and over and never be disciplined. Bod tells the truth and he gets removed. This is probably why he hits and runs the same way I have been doing. I have an opinion and I don't have the time or care enough to hang out to see your insults. I'm not here to debate. I'm here to COMMENT.

eq2695
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eq2695 07/02/14 - 09:57 am
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what enemy

The best use of these vehicals is to sell them as surplus.Let the cops play with their toys for a while then sell them off before they need service.Just dont let them play to long.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/02/14 - 10:10 am
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historylover

You are free to comment. Why do feel that your comments can't be challenged? Everyone's comments are challenged. Is it because you can't back them up? And this site is mild. I would suggest you check out the comments section of the AJC or most any other public comments forum.

historylover
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historylover 07/02/14 - 10:32 am
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justthefacts

This site and its commentators surpassed "mild" many moons ago. I read as many of the comments as I can stomach every morning. I am on several other public comment forums and people disagree on each and every one of them. The problem on the AC forums is the language used against other posters. I have never called anyone a liar or a communist or a whiner. All of which I and others have been called on these pages.

If you notice my posts, I very rarely say anything that can be challenged because I post my opinions. I don't try to argue "facts" because much of what posters quote is out and out lies they've gleamed from other sources.

Yes, I tried in the beginning to debate on these pages. I found that I spent far too much time trying to convince others of my beliefs than I had available in my day.

Thanks for responding though.

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Jake 07/02/14 - 10:38 am
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Holy slit trench!

3 Military toilet kits at $421.42 a poop, I mean pop. Must be the new low flush type with built-in fans, iPod connections and Wi-Fi capability.

Time1
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Time1 07/02/14 - 10:43 am
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The sheriff is going to use

The sheriff is going to use this equipment to enter and clean up south Augusta.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/02/14 - 10:48 am
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For historylover

This was the very first post I saw on the AJC website and the only one I felt Sean might not remove. It is one of the milder ones.
"@Nancy Badertscher funny how you haven't called out the whoppers from the Deal camp. And let me be clear to all the trolls...I am neither Democrat or Republican and yes...I exercise my right to vote. I watch you idiots fight each other over tow parties that don't give a @#$% about any of you. If only you knew what goes on behind closed doors..."

historylover
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historylover 07/02/14 - 11:19 am
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justthefacts

I see nothing wrong with that comment from the AJC. I'm missing your point.

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