Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Henrico County Division of Police
Henrico County, Virginia
Report No. GR-30-03-005
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 Henrico County Division of Police (grantee). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The COPS Office awarded the grantee a total of $5,680,804 to hire 69 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 13.4 existing full?time police officers from administrative duties to community policing.
We reviewed the grantee's compliance with seven essential grant conditions: budgeting for officers, hiring of officers, source of local matching funds, reimbursement requests, retention of officer positions, officer redeployment, and community policing activities. We found weaknesses in the hiring of officers and officer redeployment. As a result, we question $562,033 of the grant funds received: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.