Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Department
Audit Report GR-30-99-008
September 30, 1999
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 to the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Department (grantee). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The grantee was awarded a total of $4,847,175 to hire 61 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 11 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing.
We reviewed the grantee's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found the grantee's budgeting practices, hiring of officers, local matching funds, retention, and community policing activities to be acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in three other areas as identified below. As a result, we question $261,768 and recommend an additional $10,407 be put to better use.
These items are discussed in greater detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.