DOVER, Del. — Just in time for Christmas, a state panel has dipped into its bag of money to hand out hundreds of thousands of dollars to local police departments in Delaware.

Among the goodies distributed Tuesday was $103,500 to New Castle County police to buy 250 ballistic helmets with face shields for patrol officers.

The Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund oversight group also approved $12,804 for Delaware State Police to buy 100 riot helmets.

Overall, the SLEAF panel, whose funds come from property forfeited in criminal cases, approved almost $400,000 in grants to local police departments.

The funds will be used for training programs and a host of equipment purchases, including rifles, camera systems, stun guns, and a machine that can bypass user-based encryptions to gain access to computers and cell phones.