By Alex Emslie and Lisa Pickoff-White
The San Mateo and Napa County sheriff’s departments are suspended from a federal program that provides hand-me-down military equipment to law enforcement agencies because the departments are unable to account for some missing assault weapons.
The departments are two of nine law enforcement agencies in the state currently suspended from the Defense Department’s 1033 program, according to documents provided to KQED by the California Office of Emergency Services, which facilitates the federal program in this state.
“A suspension is not like a school suspension, where it’s punitive, where you’re in trouble,” said Kelly Huston, deputy director with Cal OES. “It’s that we are not going to have you acquiring additional gear if you can’t account for that which you are already assigned.”