Audit of Office of Justice Programs Grants Awarded to the City of Alexandria, Louisiana [open pdf - 1MB]
"The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Weed and Seed grants awarded to the City of Alexandria, Louisiana. The Weed and Seed strategy aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, criminal drug related activity, and gang activity. The Weed and Seed strategy is a community-based comprehensive multi-agency approach. Four elements make up the two-pronged Weed and Seed strategy -- law enforcement; community policing; prevention, intervention and treatment; and neighborhood restoration. 'Weeding' activities are directed toward reducing crime while also complementing the 'seeding' activities that provide direct services to residents. As shown in Exhibit I, the City of Alexandria was awarded $620,221 under the Weed and Seed program since 2006. A Weed and Seed Steering Committee was responsible for implementing the Weed and Seed strategy, approving the grant budgets, maintaining oversight and direction of all expenditures, and completing required reports. As the fiscal agent for the Weed and Seed grants, the city is responsible for ensuring that grant funds are used appropriately and that the goals and objectives of the grants are met. City officials told us the Weed and Seed Steering Committee made all the hiring decisions and the city's program responsibility consisted of making payments for program expenses."
Audit Report GR-40-12-002
U.S. Department of Justice: http://www.justice.gov/