U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES
GRANTS TO THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of four grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). The SFPD received a grant of $2,000,000 to hire or rehire 20 additional sworn police officers under the Phase I program, and $1,950,000 to hire or rehire 26 officers under the Accelerated Hiring, Education, and Deployment (AHEAD) program. The SFPD received a MORE 95 grant of $3,022,980 and a MORE 96 grant of $1,558,717 to redeploy 507 sworn officer full-time equivalents (FTEs). The purpose of the additional funds provided by the grants is to enhance community policing efforts.
Generally, SFPD properly implemented the community policing efforts described in its applications. However, the SFPD violated some grant conditions:
- The SFPD requested reimbursement for the salary and fringe benefits of an officer who had been suspended without pay for a two-week period. As a result the June 30, 1997, request for reimbursement exceeded expenditures, resulting in questioned costs of $1,721.
- In addition, based on our review of OJP Grantee Payment Records, we determined that two checks for the same amount were drawn based on the substantially identical H-3 Reports, submitted by the SFPD on June 12, 1996.