Cops Spurn Used Military Gear for Expensive, New Equipment

Taxpayers pick up the difference, of course


FAIRWAY — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security buys a lot of useful stuff for Kansas police departments, but that market is changing.

Law-enforcement agencies across Kansas and the nation still tap Homeland Security's military surplus warehouses to buy equipment one might find at a Sam's Club or Costco.

But for military grade stuff, the local agencies buy factory fresh.