Frederick County has participated in the 287(g) immigration enforcement program since 2008. Recently, citizens opposed to the policies in Washington and politically opposed to our locally elected sheriff have taken issue with the program and are committed to attacking Sheriff Jenkins. In response, the county executive and County Council members met behind closed doors and determined to conduct an audit of the Frederick County participation in this program. There has been little detail about what is being audited or how broad the scope of the audit might be. There has been no conversation that there are indications of waste, fraud or abuse — the essential criteria used to trigger an audit.

Not all audits are the same, however.

The Interagency Internal Audit Authority is an independent agency providing review and appraisal of operations within the county government, Frederick County Public Schools and Frederick Community College. Audits are performed by internal staff as well as contracted third-party audit firms.

The list of audits to be conducted is prioritized based on strategic risk assessments. There are routine audits mandated by policy and/or law that are conducted on scheduled rotation managed by the IIAA and internal audit staff. Any employee or citizen has the ability to report to the IIAA concerns of waste, fraud and abuse — which are weighed in considering proposals for new audits.

In 2018, there was a request for an audit of the Intergovernmental Service Agreement between the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and federal government. The audit examined staffing, facilities, expenditures and reimbursements. All were deemed reasonable.

Unlike all of the normal processes, this audit of 287(g) has been initiated due to political pressure and ordered by political operatives. Unlike current and former audits, this announced audit has not been subject to any consideration of risk or priority among the numerous concerns of the county. Questions to council members and the county executive have been met with answers, “We don’t know the details of what will be audited. Anyone who is doing the right things wouldn’t worry about an audit.”

The routine audit processes, focusing on the many county departments and agencies including the sheriff’s office have been welcomed by Sheriff Jenkins and by the majority of our department leaders. This new audit — an obvious effort to use our taxpayer-funded resources in political gamesmanship, is offensive. The backdoor dealing in elected officials ordering audits as weapons is antithetical to transparent and service-focused government.

I and many others support Sheriff Jenkins and his consistent stewardship of the department responsible for the safety of all Frederick County residents. We appreciate the difficult job that he and his entire department have in service to all of us.

Colleen Cusimano

Monrovia

(49) comments

hayduke2

A political letter disguised as a concerned citizen would be s better title. Must be getting ready to run for some office soon [smile]


stjohn42

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saogirl52

https://www.fox5dc.com/news/frederick-county-sheriff-says-he-needs-help-against-attack-on-his-immigration-enforcement-policies



Here's an article from Fox 5 indicating the Sheriff is asking constituents to flood the Frederick County Council with email

phydeaux994

All I would ask of the Sheriff is to publish the OFFICIAL statistics and Reports from ICE that back up what he “TELLS” the citizens of Frederick County how the 287(g) Program make us “safer”. Show us the FACTS!

stjohn42

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timothygaydos

Just wait until Jan is no longer in office and whoever comes into office will have to deal with the mess of illegal immigration foremost - just look at Montgomery County and their law enforcement is fighting with their County Exec and Council to get illegal immigration under control and to work with ICE. Yet we do not learn as if we are better and can avoid the same pitfalls. Wait to our citizens regardless of status are being raped, robbed, etc... and then watch how fingers get pointed... Yes please audit the program and then let the findings speak for themselves.

gary4books

No need to wait that long. When we get a Senate that wants to vote on a new Immigrant bill and fix our laws, we will see an end to this problem. And let the Sheriff out of the picture.

stjohn42

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FrederickFan

Why is the Sheriff so afraid of an audit? It seem Republicans no longer care about fiscal responsibility or accountability.

DickD

There are a couple of law suits against the County, Jan would be derelict in her responsibilities if she did not get an outside auditor. I don't understand the Sheriff's fear of an audit and what his supporters fear an audit might find.

KellyAlzan

Your post is in present tense. One lawsuit has been wrapped up., paid, and the case has been sealed

Dwasserba

"I and many others support Sheriff Jenkins..." Oh, why do this, it's your letter, own it.

Obadiah Plainsmen

I believe when this is audit is completed it will show that Sheriff Jenkins was correct in his statement that it there is "no cost" to taxpayers. However what it will expose is the old saying "robbing peter to pay paul. Deputies took on new immigration enforcement responsibilities, without any increase in the department’s budget. Resources(money)where diverted away from current law enforcement priorities. Now will this calm the naysayers or just add more fuel to the fire.

awteam2000

Isn’t the detention center a separate entity from the county deputies ? I thought Frederick county‘s involvement with the 287G program was the Jail Enforcement Model where ICE officers can screen and interview individuals in order to identify noncitizens for deportation. Under that program how do deputies take on more responsibilities? They are not part of the Warrant Service Model. Am I misunderstanding how Frederick is involved?

MD1756

If (and that if should be determined by an outside party at this point) the variable costs are covered, then there would be no robbing of Peter to pay Paul and in fact unless there is a wait list for space in the jails, participation in the program could help defray some of the fixed costs. If they don't then renegotiate the agreement with ICE. The different levels of law enforcement should cooperate to help enforce federal/state/local laws where it makes sense.

phydeaux994

Answer aw’s question OP. Like many others, you have been duped into the Sheriffs representation of the 287(g) Program in Frederick County being something that it is not. Make an appointment with Sheriff Jenkins and have him tell you it has absolutely nothing to do with Deputies and Law Enforcement in FC.

awteam2000

So I guess the 287g - IGSA contract is about detaining for pay not policing the community, nothing to do with law enforcement. I hope the audit doesn’t show the Sheriff office has been using deputy resources as part of the program. That could be a problem.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Sorry for not replying, heading to fla part of the Red cross disaster response team.

phydeaux994

Correct aw. The 287(g) Program allows Corrections Officers, trained by ICE, to interrogate any person arrested for a crime and booked into the Detention Center, to determine if they are also illegal aliens. If they are, a detainer is placed on them so that after their criminal case has been resolved, they will continue to be jailed until ICE picks them up to be prosecuted for their illegal presence in the U.S., which is a Federal Crime. I don’t believe the Sheriff even knows what their final disposition is, deportation, bonded out, or released into the population if their crime was not a felony. The main reason the 287(g) Program was started by ICE was to identify the most serious criminals to be deported. Since a shortage of Federal Judges to hold Deportation Hearings, less than 400,000 illegal aliens can be deported every year, and ideally you would want that number to be all felons.

KarlBickel

I have no intimate knowledge of the audit proposal but have followed what has appeared in the FNP. As I understand it, the audit is a financial audit that is intended to capture the actual cost of the 287(g) agreement, something that is currently unknown to the executive, council and taxpayer. Through the budget process, the executive and council have approved the funding (the FCSO budget) without any knowledge of the financial cost to the taxpayer for the 287(g) agreement. The sheriff has claimed many times in the past that there is no cost, something that is absurd on its face. This audit, as I understand it, is intended to provide the executive, council and taxpayer an answer as to the actual financial cost of the program, nothing more.

hayduke2

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FCPS-Principal

Well, the exec and council and taxpayer SHOULD know. Why has the sheriff not been accurately reporting expenditures and providing financial accounting?? That is a FUNDAMENTAL responsibility of anyone using federal money. No one who receives federal money is allowed to spend it at will. Accurate and truthful reporting of information is required by law. For that alone the sheriff should be prosecuted for fraud if he has either been keeping no books, falsified books or withholding information.

KarlBickel

FCPS-Principal, it is not a matter of accounting for federal money, but the money local taxpayers are contributing. The problem is that the costs to the local taxpayer are hidden in the sheriff's budget, hidden from the taxpayer as well as the executive and the council. I don’t think the sheriff has done anything fraudulent or criminal but he has misrepresented some facts, the cost to the local taxpayer.

MD1756

Keeping criminals in jail is not meant to be a money making operation. The state and county get plenty of federal money for issues that are not truly federal issues, so cooperating with federal law enforcement should not have to pass a profit making (or maybe even a revenue neutral test) if it helps get criminals off the street. Having said that, there should be an audit to find the true costs and if Frederick tax payers are paying too much then the agreement should be renegotiated.

Dwasserba

But daring to audit inexplicably sets hair to smoldering and then the next side effect is writing a detailed and boring letter. We need to stop and have a study to identify who is vulnerable. Why punish us all.

DickD

Karl, didn't the Sheriff issue a report that was suspiciously low compared to any other Sheriff department participating in 287 (g)?

KellyAlzan

Just as the sheriff had Troy Barrick make a report of the costs to subsidize The Great Frederick Fair, a private entity, with county deputies.

gabrielshorn2013

So what? The County Sheriff's office kas been providing law enforcement officers to the fair for over a century, mostly for crowd control. They also provide deputies for many other events, such as HS graduations at MSM, HS sporting events, parades, funerals, etc. So why is the fair such a big deal to you?

stjohn42

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FrederickFan

Colleen is a political operative and should label herself. Why is the Sheriff so afraid of an audit?


richardlyons

[thumbup] Why fear an audit. There is a reason Colleen has no credibility now or when on the BOE.

stjohn42

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timothygaydos

What I find amazing is that FNP watchdogs do not apply their rules of discussion to all equally when reviewing comments that are posted. Please be consistent in your oversight.

marinick1

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hayduke2

Example??

KellyAlzan

Timmy, please explain in specificity?

threecents

Again, the Sheriff's so-called friends show no faith in his ability to pass an outside audit, even though they admit they know nothing about what the audit will cover. This one is hilarious, calling it "ordered by political operatives," rather than the County Council. The sheriff's so-called friends keep publicizing this story with their frequent LTEs, and that is probably not what the sheriff wants. The sheriff has apparently not failed previous audits, so I don't see any reason why his supporters seem to think he will fail this one. If anything, I think it will make him look better and give the public greater confidence in him.

gabrielshorn2013

Absolutely agreed three. It is an audit, something that happens all the time in government programs. Both sides need to chill out and wait for the results. There is no reason for all of these "letters of support ".

threecents

Yah, and even if they do find issues, the county can address them civilly. Everyone makes mistakes. I don't agree with the sheriff's policies, but I don't question his integrity, and I know he tries hard to do his job well.

hayduke2

Have to wonder why the sheriff feels so threatened and asked for a “flood “ of letters to be sent in. Nothing to hide, no worries.

threecents

HD2, Are you sure about that? I thought the FNP reported that the sheriff has not complained about the audit.

DickD

But there has been a flood of letters that appear to be generated by the Sheriff.

gabrielshorn2013

Sez who Dick? That is all conjecture on the part of those that don't like the Sheriff. Where has he ever complained about the audit? Never, as far as I can tell.

hayduke2

Well three and gabriel, here's a source of the "flood" request. https://www.fox5dc.com/news/frederick-county-sheriff-says-he-needs-help-against-attack-on-his-immigration-enforcement-policies.amp

gabrielshorn2013

Well there you have it hay. Never heard that before. Was it published anywhere other than Fox? I stand corrected

threecents

Thanks for the correction HD2. I wish the FNP had reported on the sheriff's response. That is disappointing that the sheriff was indeed the one who politicized this issue; I apologize for blaming the sheriff's supporters.

hayduke2

gabe and three - I wouldn't have known about it either if I hadn't of accidently came across the article.. Seemed kind of desparate to me.

KellyAlzan

Thanks FNP for exposing Colleen’s ignorance 🤣




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