How refreshing! I just hope someone doesn’t “stage” a situation that gets people thinking they need armored vehicles back in the inventory, with gobs of black-clothed SWAT personnel to overwhelm bad guys. While in one sense that’s comforting to have, to be able to respond to almost anything that could possibly happen, it also leads to exactly what the Chief described with his hammer/nail analogy. I also like the part about decoupling local police forces from federal agencies, particularly. That may be just as, if not more important than the actual hardware retained vs. returned. Let the local police force get back in touch with what they were always intended to do – be part of the community, and protect and serve it (and be appreciated for it, and supported and protected in response by the citizens).
"Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land."