City council votes to allow police chief to use seized cash from drug arrests to buy equipment

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Suspected drug dealers will be footing the bill for some new police equipment in Hammond after a city council vote Tuesday night.

The Hammond City Council voted to allow Police Chief Roddy Devall to use about $32,000 in seized cash from drug-related arrests to buy more ammunition for his 80-plus officers.

Devall said after so many shooting scenes at schools across the country he wants to make sure his officers have what they need in case something ever happens.

"I hope in 10 years someone looks at us and says, 'What did y'all waste this money for?' because it was never used," Devall said.

Devall added he also plans to buy bulletproof shields, about three per shift, that can be used against shooters or to protect victims in getting to safety.

The extra equipment will be available for use this year.

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