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Dewey Beach trying to get rid of unneeded surplus military equipment

Dewey Beach trying to get rid of unneeded surplus military equipment



REPORTER: DEWEY BEACH, DELAWARE. BORDERED BY THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
AND REHOBOTH BAY. CALM AND RELAXING. JUST OVER 390 PEOPLE LIVE HERE
YEAR-ROUND. BUT THE ACQUISITION OF MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS OF MILITARY SURPLUS
EQUIPMENT HAS CREATED A
TURBULENT WAVE OF CONTROVERSY IN
THE SMALL TOWN, WITH SOME
CITIZENS DEMANDING TRANSPARENCY. >> IT IS ALMOST THAT IT IS A
COMEDY TYPE ROUTINE. REPORTER: ONE OF THEM, JEFFREY
SMITH, THE FOUNDER OF DEWEY
CITIZENS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY, A
>> IT IS THE BEACH, BUT IT DOES
NOT HAVE TO BE IN AN AIR
RESPONSIBLE TOWN. REPORTER: THE GROUP FORMED IN
LATE WAY 17 AFTER BECOMING AWARE
OF IT. >> WE DON’T EVEN IT — WE DON’T
EVEN HAVE THE ROOM FOR IT. OUR CONCERN IS THAT THERE HAS
NOT BEEN PROPER MANAGEMENT. REPORTER: ON THIS MASTER LIST,
TOWN MANAGER SCOTT KOENIG SHOWS
US ITEMS RANGING FROM RIFLES,
PISTOLS, AND DIGITAL CAMERA
SYSTEMS, TO ARMY COMBAT BOOTS,
OFFICE. SUPPLIES, AND COFFEE MAKERS. >> THE REALITY OF IT IS THAT WE
HAVE MORE STUFF THAN WE NEED. REPORTER: ALL ACQUIRED OVER
YEARS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF
DEFENSE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORT
OFFICE PROGRAM. IT WAS ALL FREE. THE EQUIPMENT DEWEY BEACH
ACQUIRED INCLUDES THIS HUMVEE. THREE OF THEM ARE ON THE
INVENTORY LIST. ONE OF THEM IS BEING USED FOR
PARTS. TOWN LEADERS SAY THE HUMVEE IS
HELPFUL IN FLOODING SITUATIONS
AND THE POLICE GOT MUCH OF THE
EQUIPMENT TO ASSIST IN NATIONAL
DISASTERS OR TERRORIST ATTACKS. NOW —
>> REDUCING THE FOOTPRINT OF THE
PROGRAM AND GETTING DOWN TO A
SMALL NUMBER OF ITEMS IS REALLY
NECESSARY BECAUSE WE HAVE TAKEN
A LOT OF CRITICISM. REPORTER: THE TOWN HAS AN
EIGHT-MEMBER POLICE FORCE AND
FEWER THAN 20 FULL-TIME
EMPLOYEES. >> IF WE HAD A REAL DISASTER
WHERE IT REQUIRED
ROUND-THE-CLOCK RESPONSE, WE ARE
NOT GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE
TO RUN THAT EQUIPMENT. REPORTER: SMITHS GROUP COMPLAINS
THAT POLICE DEPARTMENT GOT ALL
OF IT WITH LITTLE OR NO
OVERSIGHT, OR INPUT FROM THE
TOWN. AND SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT WAS
BARTERED AS PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
FROM PRIVATE BUSINESSES. A PRACTICE THE TOWN MANAGER SAYS
IS OVER. >> IN REALITY, WE DO NOT WANT
ANY PARTS, ANY FURTHER PARTS IN
BARTER TRANSACTION. REPORTER: WHAT ABOUT POSSIBLE
FINANCIAL IMPROPRIETIES? >> THERE IS NO EVIDENCE EITHER
WAY BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF
TRANSPARENCY. >> WE DO NOT HAVE ANY RECORD OF
ANY TYPE OF MISSING EQUIPMENT,
OR FAILING AN AUDIT FROM THE
STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH
RESPECT TO ANY OF THE EQUIPMENT
OR ITEMS. REPORTER: TOWN LEADERS VOWED TO
AUCTION OFF UNNEEDED EQUIPMENT
BUT ADMIT THEY HAVE MISSED
SELF-IMPOSED DEADLINES. THE LATEST OBSTACLE, GETTING
TITLES FOR SOME OF THE MOTOR
VEHICLES. >> WE GET A BID, WE WANT TO
TRANSFER THE EQUIPMENT. REPORTER: SMITH SAYS HIS GROUP
WILL REMAIN FOCUSED AS THE TOWN
WORKS ON ACCOUNTING FOR AND
GETTING RID OF THE STOCK POWER
— PILE. >> IT IS METICULOUS,
TIME-CONSUMING, AND IT HAS BEEN
AN EXPERIENCE. REPORTER: THE TOWN MANAGER MUST
BE CONSULTED AND SIGN OFF WHEN
ANYTHING THE POLICE DEPARTMENT
WANTS TO ACQUIRE. FOR THE 11 NEWS I-TEAM, I’M
BARRY SIMMS. ANDRE: BARRY TELLS US THE DEWEY
BEACH TOWN MANAGER SAYS OUT OF
THE 3600 ITEMS LISTED MORE THAN
2200 ARE STILL THERE. SOME ITEMS INCLUDING RIFLES AND
SIGHT SCOPES HAVE BEEN SENT BA


Reader Comments

  1. Obama started the program of giving local police departments hand me down military equipment. Look it up. This just happens to be in Joe Biden's state too.

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