Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Grant to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, California
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Audit Division, has completed an audit of grants awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department (SBSD), California. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The SBSD was awarded a total of $2,857,279 to hire 33 new deputy sheriffs and to redeploy the equivalent of 15.3 existing full-time deputy sheriffs from administrative duties to community policing.
We reviewed the SBSD's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found the grantee's budgeting practices, hiring, meeting the local match, retention, officer redeployment, and implementation of community policing to be acceptable. We found deficiencies in the following areas and question $125,457, as identified below. 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.