Office of Community Oriented
Policing Services Grants to the Alameda County
Sheriff's Department, Oakland, California
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 to the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, California (ACSD). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The ACSD was awarded a total of $1,001,015 to hire 12 new deputy sheriffs and redeploy the equivalent of 4 existing full-time deputy sheriffs from administrative duties to community policing.
We reviewed the ACSD's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found the grantee's budgeting, hiring, reimbursement requests, retention plan, and community policing to be acceptable. Because the equipment for the MORE 96 grant was not fully operational, we were unable to determine whether officer redeployment was acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in two other areas as identified below. As a result, we question $128,704.
These items are discussed in greater detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.