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November 22--  Some of the proceeds from the video game gambling raid last year in Vidalia ended up in the Vidalia Police Department's coffers Monday.


District Attorney Hayward Altman (left) presented the department with a check for $175,000. Accepting for the city are (L-R) Mayor Ronnie Dixon, City Manager Bill Torrance and Vidalia Police Chief Frank Waits.

"There was an extensive investigation that was actually six to nine months long.  A lot of good police work went into it by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. the Toombs County Sheriff's Office and the Vidalia Police Department," the DA said.

The money is earmarked for equipment and the VPD is planning to buy a new police car and two training simulators.  Police Chief Frank Waits says one of the simulators is for firearms training.

"If you have someone who's having trouble out on the range, we can bring them in and test them.  It also teaches 'shoot-don't shoot' judgemental shooting scenarios," the chief says.

The other simulator involves driver training for officers.  "It gives you scenarios like getting to an armed robbery safely, pullovers, emergency vehicle driving procedures," Chief Waits says.

Chief Waits reports the simulators will be shared with other area law enforcement agencies.

Earlier the District Attorney presented a $75,000 check to Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight for the purchase of vehicles.