Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Connecticut Department of Public Safety Division of State Police
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 Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police (the State Police). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The State Police was awarded a total of $18,184,536 to hire 226 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 33.7 existing full-time police officers from administrative duties to community policing.
We reviewed the State Police compliance with seven essential grant conditions and we found weakness in only one of the seven areas we tested: reimbursement requests. The State Police did not expend all grant funds prior to the end of the MORE 98 grant. Because of this deficiency, we recommend COPS deobligate $14,881 of MORE 98 funds and put those funds to better use.1
This recommendation is discussed in detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope, and methodology appear in Appendix I.