Asset Forfeiture

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Asset Forfeiture

Donate Asset Forfeiture Funds

U.S. Department of Justice Donation of Equitable Sharing Funds

What is Asset Forfeiture?

Asset forfeiture refers to the confiscation of assets which are either the alleged proceeds of crime or the alleged instrumentalities of crime, and more recently, alleged terrorism. Instrumentalities of crime refer to property that was used to facilitate crime, for example, cars that were used to transport illegal narcotics. How can this help build the National Law Enforcement Museum?

  • In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) gave law enforcement agencies across our nation a special opportunity to help build the National Law Enforcement Museum.
  • Under the DOJ Equitable Sharing Program, state and local law enforcement agencies were given permission to donate a portion of their Asset Forfeiture monies to help support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and to help build the National Law Enforcement Museum.
  • Many agencies have already taken advantage of this, and we hope many more will join them. While not every agency is able to help in this manner, many can, and already have. Every little bit will help build the nation's first congressionally-authorized museum about law enforcement.
  • Once your department’s immediate needs have been met, please consider supporting the Memorial Fund and honoring law enforcement by donating some of your Federal Asset Forfeiture & Equitable Sharing Funds.

“When the Memorial Fund asked us to consider using “Asset Forfeiture” funds to build the National Law Enforcement Museum, it made perfect sense. What better use of drug and white-collar crime money than to educate the public on how law enforcement combats these threats to our communities. I hope other departments see the value in sharing these funds to help build the Museum.” – Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik, Pima County, Arizona