Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office
Report No. GR-40-03-005
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of grants awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office (OCSO). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. COPS awarded the OCSO $20,013,351 to hire 232 new deputies and redeploy the equivalent of 103.5 existing full-time deputies from administrative duties to community policing.
We reviewed the OCSO's compliance with seven essential grant conditions and found the grantee's budgeting for officers, hiring of officers, source of local matching funds, retention of officer positions, and types of community policing to be acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in the areas noted below. As a result of these deficiencies, we question $160,282 in grant funds.1
These items are discussed in detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.