U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Community Oriented Policing Services
Grants to the New Brunswick, New Jersey Police Department
Grant Numbers 95-CF-WX-2436 (FAST/UHP), 96-CM-WX-0180 (MORE 95),
97-CM-WX-1165 (MORE 96)
Report Number GR-70-98-020
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of grants
awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing
Services (COPS), to the New Brunswick, New Jersey Police Department (New Brunswick). New
Brunswick was awarded a total of $546,550 in COPS grants to hire 6 sworn officers and
redeploy 4.4 full-time-equivalent (FTE) sworn officers to community policing.
Our audit revealed the following:
- Under MORE 95, New Brunswick spent about $196,000 in federal funds and local matching
funds for computer equipment; however, about 66 percent of those expenditures were for
items not included in New Brunswicks approved MORE 95 grant budget. As a result, we
question $47,388, or 66 percent, of the $71,800 that New Brunswick received as
- New Brunswick officials said that they do not intend to hire three officers with funds
available under a UHP grant. Therefore, we recommend that COPS deobligate the $225,000 and
put the funds to a better use.
- New Brunswick officials did not have a retention plan or any other documentation to
support their plans to retain their grant-funded officers. Therefore, we recommend that
COPS withhold the remaining $23,104 in grant funds until New Brunswick submits a retention
- New Brunswick did not always submit timely and accurate monitoring reports.