U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies
Administered by the City of Austin's Police Department
GRANT NO. 97-WE-VX-0046
OCTOBER 14, 1998
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of the "Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies," Grant No. 97-WE-VX-0046, administered by the City of Austin's Police Department, for the period April 1, 1997, through
August 31, 1998. The $714,535 grant, awarded by the Office of Justice Programs, is effective from March 1, 1997, through February 28, 1999.
During our review, we found that the grantee did not thoroughly define the organizational structure for the Family Violence Protection Team (FVPT) or team members' roles and responsibilities, before applying for the grant or thereafter. In addition, personnel turnovers within the FVPT law enforcement and nongovernment agency members contributed to the team's difficulty in functioning as a cohesive unit.
We found the following weaknesses with regard to meeting grant conditions: