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Cash counters will help law enforcement abide by new rules

Cash counters will help law enforcement abide by new rules

Cash counters are valuable tools in law enforcement circles. After a raid results in a successful bust of a criminal network, police departments are able to recover money that can be used to not only benefit their agencies but also get a keen understanding of how the criminal organizations function overall. However, the rules surrounding the ability to seize such assets have not always been popular, with recent efforts looking to reform the practice. As a result, these machines will have a greater use in showing some degree of compliance with any new rules.

Cash counters a critical portion of asset seizure

Sometimes, criminals can receive support from the assets they have on hand, either in the form of financial coverage in the event of an arrest or as means to commit a crime. That is why law enforcement agencies often commit asset forfeiture seizures after an arrest. In the event of a criminal being granted bail or bond, he or she wouldn't be able to skip a court date and could be brought to trial.

However, in recent years, there has been some accusations that the program has been used to seize assets on the flimsiest of pretenses. Furthermore, in the event that someone is found innocent, that person has to go through many bureaucratic hoops just to get back any of the assets that were seized, and there's no guarantee that everything will be recovered. More importantly, asset seizures are handled by civil rather than criminal courts, which have often allowed these forfeitures.

On account of such circumstances, many state governments and high-level politicians are working to repeal civil asset forfeiture. According to Forbes, the state of New Mexico is on its way to passing a law that will repeal most of the key provisions of civil asset forfeiture, as well as create fixes that will make it easier for those wrongly accused to get their property back. This comes on the heels of reports from the U.S. Attorney General's office requesting to limit asset forfeiture seizures. To ensure that they stay compliant, cash counters can help count up the seized money and meet the standards for accuracy.  With an accurate count, police departments can move to store the money in a place where it can be held until a final decision on the suspect has been made.

June 25, 2015