Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Irvine Police Department
Report No. GR-90-03-015
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 Irvine Police Department (IRPD). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The IRPD was awarded $2,776,998 to hire 17 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 41.6 existing full-time police officers to community policing.
We reviewed the IRPD's compliance with seven essential grant conditions and found no weaknesses in each of the areas we tested: budgeting for local officer positions, hiring of additional officers, local match requirements, reimbursement requests, retention of officer positions, officer redeployment, and community policing. However, we found that the IRPD failed to fully draw down funds for the MORE 95 and MORE 96 grants. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we recommend that $137,454 for the MORE 95 and $43,866 for the MORE 96 grant be deobligated and put to better use.1
Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.