Fargo, North Dakota police stockpile high-tech, combat-ready gear.

In recent years, they have bought bomb-detection robots, digital communications…

In recent years, they have bought bomb-detection robots, digital communications equipment and Kevlar helmets, like those used by soldiers in foreign wars. For local siege situations requiring real firepower, police there can use a new $256,643 armored truck, complete with a rotating turret. Until that day, however, the menacing truck is mostly used for training runs and appearances at the annual Fargo picnic, where it’s been displayed near a children’s bounce house.

“Most people are so fascinated by it, because nothing happens here,” said Carol Archbold, a Fargo resident and criminal justice professor at North Dakota State University. “There’s no terrorism here.”

Fargo, like thousands of other communities in every state, has been on a gear-buying spree with the aid of more than $34 billion in federal government grants since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

Source: Andrew Becker for americaswarwithin.org.

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  • Andre’ M. Dall’au

    Matt, you have a point; however the root cause is the repetitive administrations that have either ignored the influx of illegals, treated it as a “local problem” or turned the idea of “immigration reform” into a methodology of appeasement, but not securing our borders or enforcing our immigration laws. Hence the Tea Party who simply are Americans that are tired of seeing this problem grow until where stopping it is now problematic due to the sheer numbers involved. Kinda like “too big to fail” this issue is more like “too many to piss off!” Several Presidents carried out massive deportations of clearly illegal immigrants but then failed to seal our borders. We need both. Right now.

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    and yet we have LEOs dying on the southern border with little to no or personally purchased substandard equipment.
    and we wonder why we are broke and our economy is declining rapidly