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Iowa Department to Add Cameras to Sidearms

Officers with the Hiawatha (IA) Police Department will soon have weapon-mounted cameras, thanks to funds from a local drug bust.

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Attorney General Sessions Wants Increase in Asset Forfeiture

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said he'd be issuing a new directive this week aimed at increasing police seizures of cash and property from criminals.

AL PD Uses Asset Forfeiture Funds from Big Seizure to Buy Needed Gear

Thanks to an OnStar tip two years ago that led them to four pounds of powder cocaine and a quarter-million dollars, the entire Pleasant Grove (AL) Police Department was able to use asset forfeiture funds to become better equipped.

DOJ Resumes Asset Forfeiture Program

The U.S. Department of Justice plans to resume sharing funds seized from drug dealers and other criminals, reversing a decision made late last year to at least temporarily halt the program that provides hundreds of millions of dollars annually to law enforcement agencies.

Asset Forfeiture Buys 2,000 Trauma Kits for Colorado Officers

In the coming months, 2,000 police officers around the state of Colorado will receive individual first-aid kits (IFAK), Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced Thursday.

Why is Congress Reforming a Program That Has No Funding?

The Asset Forfeiture Fund is self-financed from seizures of property owned by criminals and it helps law enforcement agencies pay for resources and officers, so why is Congress cutting it as part of a budget deal?

DOJ Letter Announces Deferral of Asset Sharing, Effective Immediately

In a letter dated December 21, the Justice Department announced that because of legislation imposing more than $1 billion in cuts to the DOJ Asset Forfeiture Program, it is "deferring for the time being any equitable sharing payments from the Program," effective immediately.

Texas Agency Seizes Corvette Z06 from Drug Dealer, Renames It "Coptimus Prime"

New Braunfels PD was awarded the sports car under a federal program that allows police departments to repurpose assets seized in criminal investigations.

Measure to Limit Police Seizure of Assets Rejected by California Assembly

Facing intense opposition from law enforcement groups, a measure to limit police seizures of cash, cars and other property from people not convicted of a crime fell flat in the California Assembly on Thursday.

New State Forfeiture Law Cuts into New Mexico Agencies' Budgets

And agencies won't be compensated for storage or shipment of seized items, an expense the Farmington Police Department hasn't yet calculated, Chief Steve Hebbe said. That is an unfunded mandate, he said.