Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
Escondido Police Department, California
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 to the Escondido, California Police Department (EPD). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The EPD was awarded a total of $890,202 to hire 8 sworn officers, redeploy the equivalent of 7.7 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing, and to train three military veterans hired with COPS grants to perform community policing.
We reviewed the EPD's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found the grantee's budgeting, hiring, retention, redeployment, and community policing activities to be acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in areas of local matching funds, reimbursement requests, and grantee reporting as identified below. As a result, we question $43,773. 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.