Police department recycles bullet casings to make extra cash

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (July 15, 2015)-- A central Indiana police department has found a unique way to bring in some extra cash.

Instead of throwing out bullet casings from target practice, Franklin's Police Chief recycles the brass and send the money straight into the City's general fund.

He said he got the idea back in 2011, when he found pounds of casings stored away for years.

He sold it and then started collecting again. Between 2011 and 2015, the department collected 300 pounds of brass and made close to $500.

“We can use that on equipment, salaries, that sort of thing,” said Chief Tim O’Sullivan.

In a time when many departments are strapped for cash, Chief O'Sullivan found a solution right under his nose.

“It’s green for the environment… taking up less room in our storage and then it’s also making money for the City.”

He's also asking the community to pitch in and donate their shell casings to the department instead of throwing them out.