Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the City of Chesapeake Police Department
Audit Report GR-30-03-006
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 Chesapeake Police Department (CPD). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The COPS Office awarded the CPD a total of $6,306,733 to hire 70 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 30.5 existing full-time police officers from administrative duties to community policing.
We found that the CPD did not comply with certain COPS's grant requirements. We reviewed the CPD's compliance with seven essential grant conditions: budgeting for local officer positions, hiring of additional officers, local match requirements, reimbursement requests, redeployment tracking, retention of officer and civilian positions, and community policing. We found weaknesses in hiring of officers and redeployment tracking. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we question $892,144 in grant funds received and recommend an additional $175,109 be put to better use.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.