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R.I. Police Begin Spending 'Google Money'

September 10, 2013  | 

Five Rhode Island law enforcement agencies are faced with an enviable problem: what to do with $230 million forfeited by Google Inc.?

Investigators from local agencies are entitled to the money because they helped a federal investigation into the search engine's distribution of ads for illegal prescription drug sales. In 2011, Google agreed to forfeit $500 million, and last year the U.S. attorney announced the agencies that helped would receive shares ranging from $5 million to $60 million.

Since then, the Rhode Island agencies have spent or committed tens of millions of dollars in what's known colloquially as "Google money" to better fund police pensions, buy new police cars, upgrade technology and purchase weapons. They say they're still working out how to spend well over $100 million that's left.

Read the full Associated Press story.

Related:

Google Pays $230M To R.I. Agencies

Tags: Asset Forfeiture, Investigations, Rhode Island State Police, East Providence (R.I.) PD, North Providence (R.I.) PD, Rhode Island


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Ed @ 9/11/2013 6:13 AM

They should go to fund the pensions of the officers working and future officers, and a portion to help the kids and families of those in their neighbourhoods that have financial issues, such as not affording school supplies or food.

Maybe throw a picnic funded by the police force for the neighbourhood to get together and establish ties with each other and their protectors.

As the police in the USA gets more and more militarized, we tend to be further seperated from those that we PROTECT AND SERVE.

Most cops do not live in neighbourhoods they work at (for safety reasons) but they also do not engage the population that they protect and serve. By not being their neighbours and not attending social functions in the same area, they distance themselves and the general population, thus creating hostility on both sides.

Police should not be the jailers of neighbourhoods, but their SAVIOURS

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