PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ORDERED A REVIEW OF HOW POLICE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE USING MILITARY EQUIPMENT. THIS.. AFTER OUTRAGE OVER VIDEOS OF POLICE IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI HOLDING MILITARY-STYLE WEAPONS IN THE FACE OF PROTESTERS. WYFF NEWS 4 INVESTIGATES HAS LEARNED.. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT IS POURING INTO SOUTH CAROLINA. TIM WALLER IS TRACKING IT. GABBY.. THESE RECORDS WERE OBTAINED THROUGH THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT.. AND THEY SHOW WHICH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THE UPSTATE ARE ORDERING MILITARY EQUIPMENT.. AND THE TYPES OF THINGS BEING SENT TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS NEAR YOU. ACROSS THE STATE, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE STARTING TO LOOK A BIT LIKE MILITARY FORCES. THE TRAVELERS REST POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS ITS OWN HUMVEE. OCONEE COUNTY HAS A MILITARY HELICOPTER AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER. AND NEARLY TWENTY POLICE AGENCIES.. INCLUDING SPARTANBURG AND PICKENS COUNTIES.. HAVE MRAPs… WHICH ARE STANDS FOR MINE-RESISTANT, AMBUSH- PROTECTED VEHICLES. COURTESY OF THE U-S DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. Tim: “Some say police are becoming too militarized. Do you agree with that?” “I don’t. No, sir. Again, I understand the concern. The problem is, the bad guys we’re dealing with nowadays are becoming increasingly more militarized.” TRAVELERS REST POLICE CHIEF LANCE CROWE SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS THE CONCERNS FUELED BY A WELL-ARMED POLICE FORCE IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI. HIS AGENCY ALONE HAS RECEIVED 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF MILITARY SURPLUS… INCLUDING A HUMVEE. Tim: “What do you need a Humvee for?” “The Humvee in our case it’s a 20 year old diesel truck. It’s probably 99 percent unarmored there’s one little patch of armor that looks like it was mistakenly left on it. It’s not a good response vehicle to respond to a crime like a SWAT team would or some type of military unit would.” HE CALLS IT A PUBLIC RELATIONS TOOL.. DRIVEN BY THE DEPARTMENT’S SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER. IN FACT, CROWE SAYS THE MAJORITY OF ITEMS HIS AGENCY HAS RECEIVED FROM THE MILITARY.. ARE THINGS LIKE TOOLS, BLANKETS AND TOURNIQUETS.. WHICH, HE SAYS, WERE USED TO SAVE TWO LIVES DURING ROUTINE POLICE CALLS. “I mean, two documented saved lives. What’s that worth?” BUT T-R POLICE HAVE ALSO RECEIVED THREE M-14 RIFLES. AND SO HAVE OTHER AGENCIES..ALONG WITH KNIVES, BAYONETS, NIGHT VISION SCOPES AND MACHINE GUN MOUNTS. WYFF NEWS 4 INVESTIGATES HAS FOUND.. NEARLY 24-MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF MILITARY ITEMS HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO SOUTH CAROLINA POLICE AGENCIES IN THE LAST TWO YEARS… …DRIVING THE DEBATE OVER HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH. POLICE DEPARTMENTS PAY A MEMBERSHIP FEE TO BE PART OF THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT’S MILITARY SURPLUS PROGRAM.. KNOWN AS 1033. TRAVELERS REST PAY 500-DOLLARS A YEAR.. TO RECEIVE ALL THE FREE SURPLUS EQUIPMENT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT WILL GIVE THEM.