- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The North Providence Police Department has been unable to pay for three SUVs after the U.S. Department of Justice froze the town’s forfeiture account in a dispute over who’s in charge locally.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1v7oXYm ) that the Justice Department froze the town’s forfeiture account after North Providence’s Town Council and police department failed to agree on who is local “head of the governing body.”

The department’s forfeiture account, helped by a $60 million windfall in 2012, helped rescue the town’s police pension fund. It also was used to buy a fleet of marked police vehicles and officials were talking about tapping it again to build police and fire headquarters.

The Police Department still hasn’t paid for the three new police SUVs, which were ordered for about $32,500 each.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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