U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICE
GRANTS TO THE CITY OF EUGENE POLICE DEPARTMENT, OREGON
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 City of Eugene Police Department (EPD), Oregon. The EPD received a grant of $300,000 to hire four sworn officers under the Accelerated Hiring, Education and Deployment Program (AHEAD) and $39,438 to redeploy two sworn officer full-time equivalents (FTEs) into community policing under the Making Officer Redeployment Effective program for 1996 (MORE 96). The purpose of the additional officers under each of the grant programs is to enhance community policing efforts.
In brief, our audit determined that the EPD violated the following grant conditions:
- The EPD did not have a plan to document or demonstrate the redeployment of two officers FTEs to community policing under the MORE 96 grant, resulting in $39,438 of unsupported costs.
- The EPD generally was not in compliance with grant reporting requirements. The EPD did not submit the Annual Department Reports for 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Department Initial Report overstated the number of sworn officers and was not submitted timely. The EPD also failed to submit six of the nine required Financial Status Reports (FSRs) for the MORE 96 grant; of the three FSRs submitted, none were submitted timely. In addition, the EPD failed to submit one AHEAD grant FSR; of the FSRs submitted, four were not submitted timely.