[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Orange as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Beginning with the effective date thereof, when the Police Department of the Town of Orange directly participates in the acts which lead to the seizure and forfeiture of property used in violation of federal law and subject to forfeiture pursuant to federal law, the Police Department of the Town of Orange, through its Chief of Police or his authorized agent, is hereby authorized to apply to the United States Department of Justice for the custody or ownership of such forfeited property and for the proceeds of sales arising therefrom. All such property transferred to the Police Department of the Town of Orange must be utilized in accordance with federal regulations which require that all such forfeited property, including tangible property and cash, be used for law enforcement purposes. Funds received pursuant to the transfer of such forfeited property shall be deposited into the General Fund of the Town of Orange to be appropriated by the Town of Orange in accordance herewith. The Town Counsel of the Town of Orange is authorized to cooperate with the Police Department of the Town of Orange in preparing and filing the necessary forms with the United States Department of Justice to carry out the purposes of this article. In compliance with federal regulations, all such forms requesting a transfer of forfeited property must be filed within 30 days following the seizure for forfeiture.