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Burbank Police to Discuss Acquisition, Use of Military Equipment

The Burbank Police Department will hold its annual public meeting to discuss the acquisition of military-grade equipment on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Burbank City Hall Council Chambers at 5 p.m.

The meeting is required under Assembly Bill 481, which was introduced to increase transparency and accountability for the funding, acquisition and use of military equipment by state and local law enforcement agencies.

AB 481 requires law enforcement agencies to author an annual military equipment report, which includes a description of each type of military equipment, quantity in inventory, capabilities, purchase cost, purpose, authorized use, expected life span, fiscal impact and usage for the year.

After the report has been posted on the law enforcement’s website, a community meeting is held to allow the public to ask questions and discuss the report.

“The Burbank Police Department is committed to transparency, public trust, community partnerships and compliance with the law. As such, the Police Department has authored the 2023 Annual Military Equipment Report in accordance with the requirements set forth in AB 481,” said Sgt. Stephen Turner, BPD spokesman.

The Burbank Police Department invites city of Burbank residents to attend a community meeting to discuss the annual military equipment report.

Burbank residents may also offer comments by calling (818) 238-3335 on Wednesday, Feb. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Turner at (818) 238-3240 or STurner@burbankca.gov.

Burbank City Hall is located at 275 East Olive Ave.

First published in the February 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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