29 August 2014

The "S" Word, and APD in the News

Happy Friday, friends!

The National Weather Service is alerting southcentral Alaska to the threat of an arctic mass moving into the area over the next couple of days. We're to have lows in the 30s tonight & tomorrow ... and they're speaking of "minor accumulations of snow" to the NNE of Anchorage.

It's that time of year. And so it goes ...

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In other news, there's proof that strong public opinion - especially negative opinion - can make a difference.

As police departments all across the country beef up their forces with military equipment, Anchorage police say they have chosen to turn down the offer of free armored vehicles.

Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said the department submitted the paperwork to begin the process to acquire two vehicles, but later decided against it.

Earlier this year, Anchorage police asked for two mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles as part of the U.S. military’s 1033 program, in which surplus military gear is given to local police.

Several months later, they decided not to accept the MRAPs.

They say that it's because of the significant expense to paint and maintain the vehicles. Knowing Alaskans, I'd say it's also because of significant push-back from the citizens who are tired of black-clad ninja police strong-arming the public.

To be fair, not all the APD officers are like that, at all. But a number of them are, and it's scary.


Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

Winter is sneaking up fast!!!

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, I hear you. Although I have to point out that winter doesn't really sneak up, in Alaska. More like great fanfare & flourishes... :)

PioneerPreppy said...

We need a damned polar vortex down here right now :)

Rev. Paul said...

Preppy, much as I dislike the weather-person repeating that phrase every 12.5 seconds, I agree y'all could use a break from the heat.