- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s U.S. senators are welcoming a decision by the Justice Department to resume payments to police in the federal asset forfeiture program.

Police chiefs have said the drug forfeiture money has been used for salaries, training and equipment, such as buy body armor. It was suspended last year.

Last month, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, questioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch and spoke of the program’s important to local law enforcement. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, introduced a bill to restore the Asset Forfeiture Program’s payments.

The National Governors Association Health and Human Services Committee, of which Gov. Maggie Hassan is the Vice Chair, had issued its priorities for addressing the opioid crisis, including reinstating the payments.

The police chiefs of Nashua and Manchester also called for the funds.

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