Critical Issues: Asset Forfeiture
For over 30 years, the asset forfeiture program has allowed U.S. law enforcement agencies to deprive criminals of both the proceeds and tools of crime. The resources provided by the equitable sharing program have allowed agencies to participate in joint task forces to thwart and deter serious criminal activity and terrorism, purchase equipment, provide training, upgrade technology, engage their communities, and better protect their officers. The IACP Is committed to ensuring that this valuable program remains a resource for law enforcement agencies.
This page serves as a clearinghouse of resources to help guide law enforcement as they are confronted with difficult questions related to the asset forfeiture program.
The following messaging worksheet breaks down the topic of asset forfeiture and provides key talking points and facts to assist you in your daily communications about the subject. This worksheet is exclusively available to IACP members.
- Recognition of the U.S. Attorney Community for Employing Asset Forfeiture Remedies as Part of a Coordinated Enforcement Effort against Medical Marijuana Distribution (2012)
- Challenge to State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Spend 15 Percent of Their Federally-Forfeited Asset Sharing Funds on Community-Based Drug Education and Prevention Programs (2002)
- Asset Forfeiture (2001)
- Opposition to Limitation on Asset Forfeiture Statutes (1999)