Use of Equitable Sharing Revenues by the
Virgin Islands Police Department
Office of the Inspector General
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Inspector General, has completed an audit of the use of equitable sharing revenues by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD). Equitable sharing revenues represent a share of the proceeds from the forfeiture of assets seized in the course of criminal investigations. The objective of our audit was to determine if the VIPD complied with DOJ guidelines governing the accountability and use of equitably shared forfeited assets. The audit included a review of all equitable sharing activities at the VIPD since FY 1991.
In brief, we found the VIPD did not comply with DOJ guidelines. As a result, we question the $137,822 in equitable sharing funds provided to the VIPD since FY 1991. Specifically, our audit found that the VIPD:
Details of our work are contained in the Findings and Recommendation section of the report. The audit background, scope, and methodology are contained in Appendix I.