Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants to the DeKalb County, Georgia, School System
Report No. GR-40-04-002
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of the grant awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) to the DeKalb County, Georgia, School System (DCSS). The purpose of the grant is to provide funding directly to the local jurisdiction for the hiring and deployment of career law enforcement officers in and around primary and secondary schools. The COPS Office awarded the DCSS $1,375,000 to hire 11 new police officers to serve in the DeKalb County School System, Department of Public Safety.
We found the DCSS to be in material compliance with five of the six COPS grant requirements that we tested. We reviewed the grantee's compliance with six essential grant conditions and found the grantee's budgeting for officers, hiring of officers, source of local matching funds, retention of officer positions, and types of community policing to be acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in the area noted below. As a result of these deficiencies, we question $2,986 in grant funds.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.