Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants to the Navajo Nation Department of Resource Enforcement
Window Rock, Arizona
Report No. GR-60-04-011
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 Navajo Nation Department of Resource Enforcement. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The Department of Resource Enforcement was awarded a total of $3,319,786 to hire 15 new full-time sworn officers, and to provide equipment and training for the officers.
The grantee was awarded a cumulative total of two hiring grants and two equipment/training grants in 2002 and in 2003. We did not include the 2003 grants in our audit because the grantee has not utilized these grant funds.
We reviewed the Department of Resource Enforcement's compliance with six essential grant conditions and found no material weaknesses in the areas we tested related to: local match requirements, hiring of additional officers, retention of officer positions, and community policing. However, we found weaknesses related to budgeting for local officer positions and reimbursement requests. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we question $6,272 in grant funds received and recommend an additional $115,632 be put to better use.1 Specifically we found:
These items are discussed in detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of this report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.