Herald American

Downey police to buy vehicles

DOWNEY — The Police Department will use about $500,000 in asset forfeiture funds and another $500,000 in state funds to purchase vehicles, office equipment, computers and communications equipment.

Asset forfeiture funds are those confiscated by police in connection with felony arrests, allowed under state and federal law.

The City Council approved the plan Aug. 11.

In a written report to the council, Police Chief Carl Charles said his department will use $512,815 in forfeiture funds and another $70,000 from the South Coast Air Quality Management District to purchase non-polluting vehicles.

Other purchases planned include dispatch work stations, computer hardware, mobile video computers and security cameras.

The $399,000 in state funds, from the California Office of Emergency Services, will go for replacement of computer and telephone answering equipment, Charles said.

Such equipment may include recorders, servers, mapping equipment software, furniture and headsets, he added.