Livingston PD benefits from recent arrest

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 15, 2004

Patrolman Chris Scott of the Livingston Police Department and an officer from the Villa Rica Police Department of Georgia made an arrest and both departments have benefited greatly from it.

The Chief of the Livingston Police Department Ashley Welborn said during the stop of a silver Volvo, officer Scott discovered more than $99,000 in cash in the car. He also said after the discovery of the cash, both the cash and the car were turned over to the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama for seizure.

“We were unable to locate the owner of the money after a 17-month investigation,” Welborn said.

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After failing to locate the owner of the money, the money was then spilt for equitable sharing purposes between the Livingston Police Department, Villa Rica Police Department and the United States Government. The Livingston Police Department’s split of the $99,000 was $39,809.87.

“I would like to use this money to provide the equipment that is needed to help the officers on the street,” Welborn said.

He said he intended to purchase Tazer Units for each officer, more modern car cameras to be put in all the patrol cars and to replace the current radio pagers with newer ones. He also said that all of the equipment would be purchased with the money and at no additional cost to the city.

Livingston Mayor Tom Tartt praised Officer Scott during the last Livingston City Council meeting. He said that it’s always nice to add money to the city budget.

“I would like to thank Officer Scott for his efforts in making this arrest,” Tartt said.