U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES
GRANTS TO THE CITY OF MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of two grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to the City of Mesa Police Department (MPD), Arizona. The MPD received a grant of $975,000 to hire 13 sworn officers under the Accelerated Hiring, Education, and Deployment Program (AHEAD) and $1,800,000 to hire 24 sworn officers under the Universal Hiring Program (UHP). The purpose of the additional officers under each of the grant programs is to enhance community policing efforts.
Generally, MPD properly implemented the community policing efforts described in its applications. However, the MPD violated the following grant condition:
- The MPD charged the UHP grant for stability pay, resulting in unallowable costs of $19,849 and questioned costs of $13,942.