LESO facilitates a law enforcement support program, which originated from the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997 (FY 97). This law allows transfer of excess Department of Defense property that might otherwise be destroyed to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories.
No equipment is purchased for distribution. All items were excess which had been turned in by military units or had been held as part of reserve stocks until no longer needed.
Since its inception, the program has transferred more than $6 billion worth of property. In 2014, $980 million worth of property (based on initial acquisition cost) was transferred to law enforcement agencies.
Requisitions cover the gamut of items used by America’s military -- clothing and office supplies, tools and rescue equipment, vehicles, rifles and others small arms. Of all the excess equipment provided through the program, only five percent are weapons and less than one percent are tactical vehicles. More than 8,000 law enforcement agencies have enrolled in the program.
Below is a web link that will allow you to examine the accountable property of record of excess military equipment acquired by the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) through the 1033 Program. The spreadsheet reflects an annual rolling cycle of items that are added when acquired, items dropping off as their inventory lifecycle expires and items that will always remain on the list while in service. All of these assets find a path to help provide excellent law enforcement services for the citizens of Orange County. If you would like more information about the program, we would welcome your calls and/or postings on social media. We are dedicated to provide the public transparency as we strive to align the 1033 program with the department's core values: "Integrity without compromise, Service above self, Professionalism in the performance of duty, and Vigilance in safeguarding our community".
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