U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Grants to the
McKeesport, Pennsylvania Police Department
August 28, 1998
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The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of grants
awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
(COPS), to the McKeesport Police Department (McKeesport). McKeesport was awarded a total
of $973,664 in COPS grants to hire 7 new full-time and 10 new part-time sworn police
officers, and to redeploy 4.6 full-time-equivalent (FTE) sworn police officers to
McKeesport violated some grant conditions.
- McKeesport did not develop plans to document the redeployment of officer FTEs to
community policing resulting from its MORE 95 and MORE 96 grants. The MORE redeployment
condition requires grantees to develop a redeployment plan within 60 days of accepting the
grant. Until McKeesport develops a redeployment plan for the 3.6 FTEs granted under MORE
95, we consider the $56,454 received as reimbursement under the grant as questioned costs.
McKeesport must also develop a redeployment plan for 1 FTE under MORE 96. Until it
develops such a plan, we consider $7,970 as questioned costs and $37,726 as funds to
- About 35 percent, or $19,634, of the reimbursement McKeesport received under MORE 95 was
for expenditures on items not included in the approved grant budget. We would have
questioned this $19,634 if we had not already questioned the total reimbursement because
McKeesport did not develop a redeployment plan.
- McKeesport spent about $5,300 in federal funds and local matching funds for salary in
excess of the amount approved in the FAST financial clearance memorandum and received
$3,973 as reimbursement. As a result, we question the $3,973 McKeesport received as
These items are discussed in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report.
The Scope and Methodology we used to perform the audit, appear in Appendix II.