The US military is spending millions of dollars to boost its image abroad as the Trump Administration moves forward with a controversial plan to expand military training to help local law enforcement and other local partners.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Pentagon said the plan to train local forces “is a priority for the Department of Defense as we continue to rebuild and modernize our military capabilities.”
In January, Trump signed an executive order expanding the use of military equipment to bolster national security and police and fire departments across the country.
The plan was announced by Trump as part of a larger effort to bolster US military capability abroad.
The order calls for $5.3 billion to train 1,400 law enforcement officers, 1,200 firefighters and 200 community-police officers across the United States.
The goal is to train more than 1,000 local partners for a total of more than 10,000 police and firefighters, according to the statement.
The plan also includes $6.4 billion to build an additional 500 police vehicles, including one for each precinct, for the Pentagon.