Macon City Council members are criticizing the Police department for the way they're spending confiscated money.
Monday night, Macon Police Chief Mike Burns briefed the appropriations committee on the departments' use of the funds over the last year.
Committee members questioned spending $10-thousand on two trips to the International Chiefs of Police Conference.
Council President, James Timley, says training costs should be a part of the general budget.
Chief Burns tells us he put the confiscated money towards the conferences since that was cut out of the departments' budget.
"He said that it had been paid for a couple of years ago, okay fine. But that in itself is evidence that it was a budgetary item. The law says you can't use it as a budgetary item so fine. If you use that, then you have to convince the appropriations committee to fund it or you have to convince the mayor to that it's needed," said Council President, James Timley.
"One way to combat crime is to stay up to date on the newest ways out there to address crime. Plus if I need some sort of equipment that I know the city's not going to buy I can use that. Every penny I spend is to reduce the crime in this city," said Chief Burns.
According to the state law, spending confiscated money is the Chief's responsibility, but the expenses cannot fall within normal budgeted items.