Sep 15, 2011 12:00 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Colorado spent $160M on homeland security gear

DENVER (AP) - State records show Colorado has spent more than $160 million on homeland security gear ranging from protective gloves to emergency command trucks since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that officials produced the list after the newspaper's previous stories showed the state couldn't account for much of the spending.

The newly released records show a large portion of the money went toward a statewide radio system for police, firefighters and other agencies and for breathing systems to protect first responders against toxic gases.

The list also shows law enforcement agencies across the state spent $19.8 million on emergency command vehicles, hazmat trucks and decontamination trailers.

The list was compiled by the state Department of Local Affairs from a database of equipment purchases from 2003 through 2010.

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