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Dotson disapproves of halting of program that sends federal dollars to local police

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he is concerned about the ending of a federal program that funnels money into local police departments.

The Department of Justice recently announced the halting of the asset forfeiture program. It allows a police department to receive money for seized assets such as drugs and property. Dotson said the money is used to buy more equipment such as tasers and helps fund anti-violence programs.

The program is also controversial because some critics say it deprives people of due process rights. Dotson says the program gives the department up to $200,000 a year.

“What it means is the money they city gave us for salaries will allow now have to be directed into other areas that asset forfeiture covered, like keeping a helicopter in the air, community outreach programs, additional training, so it ultimately will have an effect that I have to ask the city for more,” said Dotson.

St. Louis Police are still committed to hiring more officers but funding for such an effort may have to come from taxpayers.

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