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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Grant to the Scranton, Pennsylvania Department of Police

June 15, 2000
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 Scranton, Pennsylvania, Department of Police. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. Scranton was awarded a total of $2,309,297 to hire 20 new police officers and $270,000 to redeploy the equivalent of nine full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We reviewed Scranton's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found weaknesses in the four areas identified below. As a result, we question $38,584 and recommend an additional $114,286 be put to better use.1

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.

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