We've learned a Pentagon program providing surplus military equipment to police is making the streets of Jacksonville safer at virtually no cost for you.
"It's really been a fantastic program. It's saved the taxpayers of Duval County tremendous amounts of money," said Sheriff John Rutherford.
Under the program, Rutherford says JSO received military equipment like AR-15 rifles, night vision goggles, a King Air 350, helicopters and an armoured personnel carrier.
Rutherford says the King Air 350 is used to safely transport criminal suspects. He tells WOKV a few hundred thousand-dollars were spent to put the aircraft into service. His valuation of the plane is over one million dollars.
"It's used to extradite prisoners from all over the country."
He says the helicopters are helpful in searching for missing children and capturing wanted suspects. The 1982 model armoured personnel carrier, Rutherford says, can be used by the SWAT team in dangerous situations or to evacuate people in low-lying areas during a hurricane.
"Had we not received it from the military, we would have had to go out and purchase it."