Indiana police chief returning military Humvees

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana police chief plans to return four Humvee vehicles his department received as military surplus this year from the Department of Defense.

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey says the vehicles were acquired by his predecessor as chief and that he’s found they don’t fit the department’s needs.

Bailey tells the News and Tribune he believes the Humvees were sought for use in bad weather but they’ve never been used. Bailey says the department will be working to return the vehicles to the military.

The four Humvees were acquired at no cost under a Pentagon program that equips local police with surplus military weapons. The White House has ordered a review of the program after complaints about the militarization of police departments. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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