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Senate advances bill allowing law enforcement to use forfeiture funds for community outreach

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Senate advanced a bill, S-587, Monday allowing law enforcement to use forfeiture funds for community outreach.

“This legislation will give New Jersey law enforcement agencies more flexibility with funds that are seized during an investigation—which is a crucial piece missing from existing civil asset forfeiture law,” said Testa. “Under this bill, law enforcement can now use these funds to support important initiatives, such as community outreach programs, which can help grow and reinforce relationships between police and local neighborhoods,” Senator Michael Testa (R-1) said.

Under current law, proceeds from the forfeiture of private property are designated for the exclusive use of the law enforcement agency that contributed to the investigation resulting in the forfeiture, and are to be used solely for law enforcement purposes.

S-587 allows law enforcement agencies to use proceeds from civil asset forfeiture for the additional purposes of:

  • promoting community outreach;
  • providing diversity training for law enforcement officers; and
  • establishing and implementing minority selection and recruitment programs.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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