A grievance is defined as “a complaint or an expression of dissatisfaction by an employee with respect to some aspect of employment (Swanson, Territo, Taylor, 2012). The grievance procedure involves several steps of the process. These steps are as followed: 1) the member presents their first grievance to their supervisor within 5 days of the event that lead to the grievance, 2) if a grievance isn’t settled in the first step then it is reduced to writing by the member and taking it to the division commander, 3) if the grievances aren’t settled in the second step, the grievance shall be forwarded to the chief of police within 5 days, 4) if the response by the Chief of Police is found to be unsatisfactory then the member can forward the grievance to the city manager within 5 days, and 5) if the member still is unsatisfied with the settlement then an arbiter will be selected for a hearing, and their decision shall be final (Swanson, Territo, Taylor, 2012).
A budget cycle is a “four step, sequential process repeated annually in the government” (Swanson, Territo, Taylor, 2012). The steps are as followed: 1) preparation and submission of the budget by all of a city or country’s department, which includes getting input from stakeholders, 2) review and approval by the legislative body, 3) execution, doing the things for which public funds have been appropriated, and 4) audit and evaluation (Swanson, Territo, Taylor, 2012).
When conducting an audit, financial auditors “collect and examine records and reports, conduct interviews,” in order to determine any of the following: 1)required financial records and reports were made in a timely manner and complete form, 2) public funds were subject to waste, fraud or abuse, 3) unauthorized charges to the budget or reimbursement from the budget was made, 4) computations are accurate, 5) unauthorized transfers from one budget category to another were made, 6) procurement requirements were followed and 7) expenditures we war or less than the approved budget (Swanson, Territo, Taylor, 2012). In regards to the proposed audit, the first thing that would need to be reviewed would be the statistics of DWIs in the area. I would want to see if there was a need for a grant in that community regarding the issue at hand. The statistics documentation would include arrests records, court documentation, and violators criminal information. From this we could see the amount of repeat offenders and if the grant would actually be successful/useful.
Swanson, Charles R., Territo, Leonard, and Taylor, Robert W. (2012) Police Administration: Structures, Processes, and Behaviors. (8th ed). Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Print.