City of Asheville September 15, 2017 (8 months ago)

APD Civil Asset Forfeiture

I'm interested in information on Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Asheville Police Department. I don't quite know the right questions to ask, but I know certain one-time items, like the Evidence Room Audit, were paid for out of those funds.

I'd like to know if APD still participates in that program, and if there is any information around how much money is available to APD as a result of that program. Is there an "account" with a balance, for example?

I would also like to request any public records (if available) that describe the amount of money collected under that program from 2005 - 2017.

Also, I would appreciate any information on what those funds can and cannot be used for, and who controls those spending decisions.

Thank you!

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • October 2, 2017 4:36 pm

    7 months ago

    Hi Ben,

    Thank you so much for your help with this request.
    Have a great evening! ūüôā
    Sunshine

    Status: Completed
  • October 2, 2017 3:44 pm

    7 months ago

    Hello Sunshine,
    The Asheville Police Department participates in the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program. There are federal guidelines that regulate asset forfeiture that we are in adherence to. The requester asked for funding information dating back to 2005, however, our financial management system only has data back to 2011. Money is collected from both the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department. The amounts are as follows:
    ** Editor’s note: Please also see document attachment at top left.**

    Status: Completed
  • September 18, 2017 9:12 am

    8 months ago

    5:01 pm

    Thank you Ben!

    Sunshine

    9:12 am

    We have this request and will get back with you as soon as possible.

    Ben Fulmer


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • September 17, 2017 6:44 pm

    8 months ago

    Hi City of Asheville,
    We just received a new request this afternoon via www.sunshinerequest.com. Here are the details:
     
    Subject:¬†“APD Civil Asset Forfeiture”
    Message:¬†“I’m interested in information on Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Asheville Police Department. I don’t quite know the right questions to ask, but I know certain one-time items, like the Evidence Room Audit, were paid for out of those funds.
    I’d like to know if APD still participates in that program, and if there is any information around how much money is available to APD as a result of that program. Is there an “account” with a balance, for example?
    I would also like to request any public records (if available) that describe the amount of money collected under that program from 2005 – 2017.
    Also, I would appreciate any information on what those funds can and cannot be used for, and who controls those spending decisions.
    Thank you!”
    Of note:¬†The requester also included in the “timeline” field of their submission to our website, that this request should apply specifically to the date range of¬†January 1, 2005 –¬†September 30, 2017.
    Thank you for your help.
    Have a good weekend!
    –¬†Sunshine

    Status: Sent to Government