Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants to the City of Waterbury
Report No. GR-70-04-004
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 (COPS) to the City of Waterbury (Waterbury). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. Waterbury was awarded a total of $4,438,984 to hire 49 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 30.6 existing full-time police officers from administrative duties to community policing.
We determined Waterbury is in material non-compliance with COPS grant requirements having found weakness in four of the seven areas we tested: budgeting for officers, local match requirements, reimbursement requests, and officer redeployment. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we question $2,588,658 in grant and local matching funds.1
These items are discussed in detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope, and methodology appear in Appendix I.