Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Gulf Shores, Alabama, Police Department
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of grants awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to the Gulf Shores, Alabama, Police Department (grantee). COPS awarded the grantee a total of $438,730 to hire five new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 2.8 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing.
We reviewed the grantee's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found the grantee met the grant conditions for budgeting, hiring, redeployment, retention, and implementation of community policing. However, we found weaknesses in three areas as identified below. As a result, we question $29,377 received by the grantee as unallowable and recommend an additional $106,591 be put to better use. 1
These items are discussed in greater detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.