U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Grants to the Nassau County, New York Police Department
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to the Nassau County, New York Police Department (Nassau). Nassau was awarded a total of $26,253,750 in COPS grants to hire 327 new sworn police officers and redeploy 55.8 full-time-equivalent (FTE) sworn police officers to community policing. The purpose of the additional officers is to enhance community policing efforts.
Nassau violated the following grant conditions.
- The budgeted number of county-funded sworn-officer positions decreased from 3,340 in FY 1995, the baseline year for Universal Hiring Program (UHP) grants, to 3,074 in FY 1998, a decrease of 266. Also, the actual number of county-funded sworn-officers on Nassau's police force decreased from 3,053 in May 1995 (the baseline month for UHP grants) to 2,835 in May 1998, a decrease of 218. The decline in the number of both budgeted and actual county-funded officers demonstrates that Nassau supplanted local funds with COPS grant funds. Consequently, we question $3,048,000 in grant reimbursements and recommend that about $16,133,250 in AHEAD/UHP funds be put to a better use.
- Nassau did not develop a plan to document the redeployment of 25.8 officer FTEs to community policing resulting from its 1995 Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE 95) grant. The MORE 95 redeployment condition requires grantees to develop a redeployment plan within 60 days of accepting the grant. As a result, we question the $599,224 Nassau received as reimbursement under the grant.
- Nassau's actual costs for civilians hired under MORE 96 are less than those in the approved budget; therefore, we recommend that the grant be reduced by a total of $78,297.
These items are discussed in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our scope and methodology appear in Appendix II.