Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Grants to the American University
Washington, D.C.

Audit Report GR-30-02-003
January 28, 2002
Office of the Inspector General

Executive Summary

The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of grants awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to the American University Public Safety Department (grantee) in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The grantee was awarded a total of $723,195 to hire nine new police officers and to redeploy the equivalent of 8.2 existing full-time police officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We reviewed the grantee's compliance with seven essential grant conditions and found weaknesses in hiring officers, requesting reimbursements, and retaining officer positions. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we question $101,256 grant funds received. 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.