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HAMMOND - Money seized from drug dealers and users will buy combat gear for school security.

The city council created an ordinance that shifts $31,000 of seized drug money to prepare officers for active shooter situations.

"The fact that they've set this priority as something that they want to use those funds on is something I certainly appreciate," Tangipahoa School Board Vice President Brett Duncan said.

The police department will purchase nearly 80 new bullet proof vest, 12 shields and more than 200 loaded magazine clips.

"The fact that we have to plan and be ready for and be ready for a tragic and horrible event like that it's certainly a sad day," Duncan said. "But again as a policy maker, it's one of those things that if we don't it we wouldn't be doing our jobs properly."

Hammond officers also plan to use the equipment if an active shooter situation happens within the city at locations other than schools.

"The money is just sitting there so why not put it toward a great cause," a parent said.


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