Although the Tennessee Department of General Services now says all banned military surplus items must be returned by April 1st, the Greeneville Police Department intends to continue using its armored personnel carrier until the state notifies the police department of the recall directly.
As we reported Thursday, the state says track vehicles, grenade launchers and bayonets must now be returned. President Obama previously banned the future use of those military surplus items, but agencies that already had the items were temporarily grandfathered from having to return them until yesterday.
The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department now intends to reluctantly return its APC, used for officer and public safety.
The Greeneville Police Department is the only other agency in the region that still has one.
According to a spokesperson, GPD Assistant Chief Craig Fillers said, “We don’t have to return our vehicle until we receive official notification to do so. We have not been notified, and until that happens, we plan to use the vehicle.”
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