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FLEOA Supports DOJ Civil Asset Forfeiture Policie

In its letter of support to United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FLEOA National President Nathan R. Catura noted that the rollback of civil asset forfeiture by the Obama Administration has been a frequent source of frustration for many FLEOA Members. 

According to Catura, "FLEOA believes that Civil Asset Forfeiture is a valuable law enforcement tool in anti-drug, gang and fraud prevention. In an era when illegal drug trafficking has dramatically increased, the forfeiture of illegal assets serves as both a deterrent and source of revenue to assist in the suppression of criminal enterprises. In addition, many federal agencies partner with state, local and tribal law enforcement and often transfer these forfeited assets to departments with limited resources. 

Catura added, "FLEOA is aware of past criticism of this program and applauds the procedural refinements included in these updates. For example, the mandatory DOJ training and accelerated reporting and swifter scheduling of hearings will provide protections and alleviate negative public opinions.” 

Read the full text of the letter sent by FLEOA to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.