Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants to the
Worcester County, Maryland Sheriff's Department
Snow Hill, Maryland

Audit Report GR-30-01-005
May 11, 2001
Office of the Inspector General

Executive Summary

The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of a grant awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to the Worcester County Sheriff's Department (Grantee). The purpose of the grant is to enhance community policing. The grantee was awarded a total of $515,583 to hire 7 new sworn officers.

We reviewed the grantee's compliance with six essential grant conditions. Generally, the grantee complied with the requirements relating to budgeting for officers, hiring of officers, local matching funds, retention efforts and community policing. However, we found a weakness in the area identified below. As a result, we question $6,538. 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.


  1. The Inspector General Act of 1988 contains our reporting requirements for questioned costs and funds to better use. However, not all findings are dollar-related. See Appendix III for a breakdown of our dollar-related findings and for definitions of questioned costs and funds to better use.