Removal of Public Safety Equipment
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office holds a press conference today, giving the media and the community the opportunity to document an event. The event was an action by the federal government. Today, it decided to withdraw a piece of equipment from the office. In accordance with an order from President Barack Obama, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office tracked vehicles were taken from their custody. Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson says the absence of the tracked vehicles pose a serious threat to law enforcement and citizens. Sheriff Amerson says the tracked armor vehicles were obtained free of charge from the 10-33 program after the Sheriff’s Office and Anniston Police were involved in an active shooter situation on Elizabeth Street, Anniston in early January 2001. Amerson says the vehicles cost over $200,000 and were worth it. Amerson adds that since that shooting the vehicle had only been used a handful of times for other situations that involved an active shooter. The majority of the vehicles uses were for outreach programs. The tracked vehicles are not armed with any weapons just an armor that protects the occupants inside.