Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grant
to the Saginaw County Consortium
August 10, 2001
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) to the Saginaw County Consortium, Saginaw, Michigan. The purpose of the grant is to enhance community policing. The Consortium (which includes 18 law enforcement departments and 6 criminal justice agencies) was awarded $2,422,177 to develop an integrated criminal justice information system including the purchase of 204 computer laptops and related peripherals, to be used in their vehicles. According to the grant application, the time saved by using the laptops will allow the Consortium to redeploy the equivalent of 96.9 full-time officers to community policing.
We reviewed the Consortium's compliance with four essential grant conditions. The Consortium complied with the local matching funds requirement of the grant, but we found weaknesses in the three other areas tested: reimbursement requests, redeployment of officers, and community policing. Specifically, the grant application lacked details regarding the specific community policing activities to be carried out by individual Consortium members; thus, we could not verify whether they were appropriately performing community policing activities. Based on our audit, we also determined that the Consortium was not making adequate progress in implementing the grant. Consequently, we question the $1,903,899 received by the grantee and recommend the remaining $518,278 be put to better use. 1 Specifically:
Our findings are discussed in greater detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.