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New fees fund created for Columbus police

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Money collected from a variety of Columbus Police Department functions will be directed to a new fund for training and maintenance at the firearms range and various programs.

Columbus City Council gave its first approval to an ordinance establishing the new fund. Any money collected from rental of the firearms range, the sale of spent shell casings, fingerprinting fees, criminal background checks, solicitation licenses, audio or photo evidence preparation, civilian firearms classes and teen driving classes will be directed to the new fund.

Money from the fund will be used for operations and maintenance of the firearms range, CPD training needs, operation of youth programs, citizen's firearms classes and teen driving classes.

Police Chief Jason Maddix said the ordinance formalizes the current uses for the money and makes it official.

City Council will consider the ordinance for second and final approval at a special meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 7.

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