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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 4:30am

Georgia Police Seizures Growing

Georgia police departments and law enforcement agencies are increasingly using seized cash and property to upgrade their vehicle fleets, weapons and other equipment.

The seizures -- and the payouts from them -- have been growing, especially in Georgia. The state’s law enforcement agencies last year got nearly $30 million, up from more than $28 million in 2010 and $25 million in 2009.

Some worry the practice puts too much emphasis on profit.

But law enforcement officials say seizing assets is a valid anti-crime tool with the added benefit of bolstering local and state resources. They attribute the growing amounts involved to the size and scope of cases, not a bigger emphasis on making seizures.