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Gahanna Police Use Seized Cash to Fund Upgrades
GAHANNA (Steve Levine/Ken Hines) -- Police are fighting back to keep their community safe by using forfeited drug money to buy high-tech crime fighting tools.
Since 2009, more than $1.1 million has been spent on upgrades to Gahanna police cruiser communication equipment, as well as the purchases of a mobile command center and an all-terrain-vehicle to patrol recreation trails.
It gives us the advantage of not burdening the taxpayer with any specialty equipment Gahanna Lt. Jeff Spence said.
The division is one of many police agencies across central Ohio that use seized money to keep their communities safe.
However, the recent federal government shutdown could slow down the cash flow.
We have a number of seizures in the pipeline" Spence said. "The government shutdown is going to affect the court system."