U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES
GRANTS TO THE SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of two grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department (SCSD), California. The SCSD received a grant of $75,000 to hire or rehire one additional sworn police officers under the Funding Accelerated for Smaller Towns (FAST) program, and $466,329 to hire or rehire three officers under the Universal Hiring Program (UHP). The purpose of the additional officers is to enhance community policing efforts.
Generally, the SCSD properly managed the COPS grants:
- Costs charged to the grants were in accordance with grant requirements. As of June 30, 1996, the SCSD had requested reimbursement of about 75 percent of the allowable costs for the FAST grant, and 100 percent of the allowable costs for the UHP grant.
- Since the inception of the grants, the number of officers budgeted from county resources has not decreased below the 38 officers budgeted in 1994. In addition, the SCSD appeared to be making a good faith effort to fill officer vacancies timely.
- Funds provided under the grants were used to enhance the SCSD community policing efforts. The number of officers performing community policing activities increased by the number of officers funded under the grants.
However, the SCSD violated some grant conditions:
- The SCSD failed to submit the Department Initial Report to COPS.
- The SCSD did not develop a good faith plan to retain the grant funded positions.