NHTSA offers grants to law enforcement agencies for DUI enforcement. The grant pays troopers to work DUI enforcement on their off days. Such an arrangement has several benefits. The troopers have an opportunity to earn more money. The Mississippi Highway Patrol gets to put more troopers in the field to arrest drunk drivers at no extra cost.
The troopers in question were allegedly writing fake tickets to turn in with their grant paperwork but were not submitting the tickets to Justice Court or taking anyone to jail. The feds found discrepancies and investigated. DPS conducted its own investigation and charged the five troopers. It should be noted that these troopers were a pack made up of former MHP Colonel Don Berry's pets.
MHP sources say a disciplinary hearing has been scheduled in several weeks. However, the hearing will be conducted by an administrative law judge instead of the usual board comprised of troopers. A Mississippi Department of Public Safety representative declined to comment. The representative said the department would not confirm nor deny the existence of any such investigation.
This is not the first time the Mississippi Department of Public Safety has faced problems using the federal DUI enforcement grants. JJ reported in January 2014:
The U.S. Inspector General slammed the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for misspending $7.1 million in safety grants from 2007 to 2010 in a little-noticed report issued in February 2013. Funds intended to be used for DUI programs were instead used to support other activities in violation of federal law. The abuse was so bad that the IG said only 5% of the citations issued under the program were for DUI offenses. ... Earlier post with copy of IG report.