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Georgia Police Seizures Growing

Updated: 2 years ago.
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. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)

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.

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