Seized money used to upgrade police video system

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While crime doesn't pay, it can fund improvements to Middle Township when lawbreakers are caught.

According to the Middle Township Police Department's 2013 Annual Report, the department was able to fund an upgrade to the station video surveillance system courtesy of funds seized over the last few years.


"If we seize money or property involved with criminal activity, some of that money can come back to the community," said Chief Christopher Leusner. The process isn't quick. Leusner said that the department works with the Cape May Prosecutor's office, which runs interference through the courts to identify funds or material goods as part of a criminal investigation. If the funds are identified, they are split between the police department and the prosecutor's office.

Last year, the Middle Township Police Department spent $3,566 to upgrade the video system. In the past, the department received a Corvette through the program, which it still uses in its D.A.R.E. program.

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