Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Blackfeet Fish and Wildlife Department
Report No. GR-60-04-008
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 Blackfeet Fish and Wildlife Department (BFWD), Montana. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The BFWD was awarded a total of $705,092 to hire four new full-time sworn officers, and to provide equipment and training for the officers.
We reviewed the BFWD's compliance with six essential grant conditions and found no material weaknesses in the areas we tested related to: budgeting for local officer positions, local match requirements, hiring of additional officers, retention of officer positions, and community policing. However, we found weaknesses related to reimbursement requests. As a result of the deficiency identified below, we question $18,375 in grant funds received.1 Specifically we found:
These items are discussed in detail in the Findings and Recommendation section of this report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.