U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Grants to the Alexandria, Virginia Police Department
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of four grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to the Alexandria, Virginia Police Department (Police Department). The Police Department received grants of: $450,000 to hire 6 officers under the Accelerated Hiring, Education, and Deployment (AHEAD) program; $225,000 to hire 3 officers under the Universal Hiring Program (UHP); $237,757 under the Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) 1995 program to purchase equipment; and $207,862 under the MORE 1996 program to purchase equipment. The purpose of the additional officers and equipment is to enhance community policing efforts.
Our audit determined that:
- The Police Department does not have a system to document redeployment of officers to community policing; thus we questioned $406,138 in funds received for the MORE 1995 and MORE 1996 grants.
- The Police Department does not have a formal plan to retain the officers hired under the UHP grant.
These items are discussed in the FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS section of the report. Our SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY appear in Appendix II.