Delaware’s ‘troubling’ lack of oversight of police’s secret cash

A secret stash of money – seized from citizens and then used to fund Delaware police agencies' wish lists – is lacking not only public review, but also state oversight that's required under the law.

A News Journal investigation in November found that state law shields police and prosecutors from having to tell taxpayers how they spend money from the state's Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund, comprised of money and property seized from citizens suspected but not necessarily charged with a crime.

The results of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The News Journal revealed that the fund is also operating under the radar of the auditor's office. Continue…