[... Local sheriffs around the US seeking a few armoured fighting vehicles or a couple of attack helicopters are turning to the military for a bargain.
Thousands of police forces in the US have recently grabbed some 380,000 pieces of discounted military kit.
Some snapped up night vision goggles, while others asked for combat fatigues to help hunt drug dealers.
About 16,000 US departments obtained equipment during 2005, worth some $124m (£63m), the Associated Press found. ...]