Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants to the
Prince William County Police Department
Audit Report GR-30-03-001
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 Prince William County Police Department (grantee). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The grantee was awarded a total of $1,106,915 to hire 8 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 20 existing full-time police officers from administrative duties to community policing.
We reviewed the grantee's compliance with seven essential grant conditions. We found weaknesses in two of the areas we tested: reimbursement requests and officer redeployment. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we question $184,859 in grant funds received and recommend an additional $24,053 be put to better use.1
Funds to Better Use
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.