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Sheriff gives up surplus equipment due to executive order

CRISP CO., GA (WALB) -

The Crisp County Sheriff is giving up a piece of surplus military equipment because of new federal regulations.

Sheriff Billy Hancock received an armored M-RAP vehicle through the government surplus program.

President Obama recently signed an executive order putting new restrictions on how local agencies can use some of the equipment. The sheriff decided it was easier to give it away than keep up with the changing restrictions.

He said it was kept for hostage situations and extreme weather and was not meant to intimidate.

"When the time comes that we need it, we're definitely going to miss it. As far as it sitting out here every day under the carport, we won't miss it every day, but there's going to come a time in this community that we'll miss that vehicle," said Sheriff Billy Hancock.

The executive order is an effort to de-militarize the police and specifically targets tracked vehicles and 50 caliber weapons.

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