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Va. law enforcement get $33M boost

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 6:20pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies across Virginia are sharing $33 million to pay for new equipment and training.

The money comes from the $1.5 billion Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay to federal and state governments to settle allegations that it promoted the drug Depakote for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Virginia received $115 million for leading the investigation.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli distributed the money at an event in Richmond on Wednesday.

Officials say the funds will be used to provide training to school resource officers and SWAT teams. The money also will pay for new police cruisers, new computers and portable radios, bulletproof vests, training shooting range and night vision goggles. It'll also help pay for gang reduction programs.

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