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.