A federal program allowing police to seize money and assets related to drug trafficking has been good to San Diego County’s cops and prosecutors, providing nearly $30 million to their agencies between 2007 and 2014.
Law enforcement agencies have used that money to purchase equipment and to fund services they would otherwise do without.
- El Cajon police bought a $15,000 “throwbot,” a robot SWAT teams throw into dangerous buildings.
- San Diego police spent nearly $1.9 million on its helicopters.
- National City police upgraded a fleet of vehicles.
- Oceanside temporarily financed the purchase of a $243,000 BearCat, an armored, bullet-proof police vehicle.
All the documents detailing these purchases were released by the Washington Post in mid-January, and inewsource has made San Diego County’s available in a searchable database.
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