U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma Police Department
September 17, 1998
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of the grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma Police Department. The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma received a grant of $53,482 under the Funding Accelerated for Smaller Towns (FAST) program to hire one additional officer for 3 years. A second grant for an additional $259,584 was awarded under the Universal Hiring Program (UHP) to hire four more officers. The purpose of the additional officers was to enhance community policing efforts.
We found the following weakness with regard to meeting grant conditions:
- The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma was allowed a reduction in force from four to two locally-funded positions in order to avoid supplanting; however, only one locally-funded position was retained. We question $36,413 for the unfilled supplanted position.
- The FAST grant award was overfunded by $5,559 and the UHP grant was overfunded by $3,994 because the cost of fringe benefits were overestimated.
- The primary duties performed by the officers funded under both grants consisted of patrol duty, but the duties of two of the COPS-funded officers consisted of K-9 patrol and undercover drug surveillance. Those activities are a major program change from the grant applications.
- The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma did not submit all of their Financial Status Reports timely.
These items are discussed in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.