U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES
GRANT TO THE KEARNY, ARIZONA
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of one grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to the Kearny Arizona Police Department (KPD). The KPD received a grant of $67,653 to hire one sworn officer under the Universal Hiring Program (UHP). The purpose of the additional officer under the UHP program is to enhance community policing efforts.
Generally, KPD properly managed the COPS grant:
- Budgeted funds for police services and the number of officers increased from the level of FY 1995, the baseline year for the UHP grant awarded.
- Funds provided under the grant were used to enhance KPD community policing efforts. The number of officers performing community policing activities increased by the number of officers funded under the grant.
However, KPD failed to comply with the following grant conditions:
- The Financial Status Reports for June 30, 1996, through June 30, 1997, did not accurately report all allowable costs.
- Questioned costs totaling $2,742 were charged to the grant. These questioned costs included: unsupported or erroneous charges; overtime and unauthorized accrued vacation; and salary and benefits paid when the grant funded position was vacant.