Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Methamphetamine Initiative Grants Administered by the Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia State Police
Audit Report GR-30-05-005
Office of the Inspector General
Methamphetamine production, sale, and use have increased dramatically in many U.S. communities over the past two decades. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. is presently experiencing an unprecedented rise in the use, trafficking, and manufacturing of methamphetamine. To assist in combating the problem, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) began the Methamphetamine Initiative Program. The purpose of this initiative is to provide funding to state and local law enforcement agencies to reduce methamphetamine production and use. Specifically, grant recipients are encouraged to develop partnerships with community leaders, local fire departments, drug courts, prosecutors, child protective services, treatment providers, and other law enforcement agencies to create a coordinated response to methamphetamine proliferation. Since 1998, the COPS Office has awarded more than $350 million under this initiative.
The Virginia State Police (VSP) was awarded four grants, totaling $1,740,939, to establish, equip, and operate regional methamphetamine task forces in the Shenandoah and Rockingham counties of Virginia, and to provide the State Police with training to help reduce illegal methamphetamine-producing laboratories and methamphetamine-related crimes throughout Virginia.
We reviewed the VSPís compliance with essential grant conditions, including grant drawdowns, budget management and control, grant expenditures (including program income), and grant reporting. We found that the grantee generally complied with the grant requirements; however, we identified instances of noncompliance with the grant conditions that resulted in dollar-related findings totaling $2,077:1
Our report contains 3 recommendations to address the preceding issues.