The NNOAC praised the decision announced today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to update Department of Justice policy regarding asset forfeiture. The change reverses a directive issued by the previous Administration that eliminated Federal adoption of certain seizures made by state and local law enforcement. The new policy reinstates a key tool used against drug traffickers and organized criminal groups. It also provides greater protections against wrongful seizures, requires training for law enforcement, and ensures increased accountability and transparency. Asset forfeiture plays an integral part in our efforts to investigate and discourage crime and reduce profits that criminal organizations and their associates make from their illegal activities.
In attendance at today’s announcement at Justice Department headquarters, NNOAC Executive Director Ron Brooks stated, “Today’s announcement makes important changes to asset forfeiture policy by providing law enforcement with the tools needed to go after drug traffickers and criminal organizations. Additionally, this policy guarantees the rights of property owners, ensures that seizures are supported by probable cause, and enhances training for law enforcement.”
NNOAC President Bob Bushman reacted to the announcement stating, “I appreciate the open dialogue that the Attorney General and the Department of Justice have maintained with the law enforcement community. This new policy addresses many of the concerns that state and local law enforcement officials expressed after the previous Administration, without consultation, unilaterally ended adoptions. We applaud the new policy and believe it will have a positive impact on our efforts to target the organizations responsible for distributing the poisons in our communities which killed more than 55,000 Americans last year alone.”
The NNOAC comprises 40 individual state narcotic associations, representing more than 60,000 law enforcement officers from across the nation.