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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the City of Worcester, Massachusetts Police Department

September 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 Worcester, Massachusetts Police Department (Worcester). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The COPS Office awarded Worcester a total of $4,850,859 to hire 55 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 15.9 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We reviewed Worcester's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found Worcester to be in general compliance with grant conditions for reimbursement/advance payment requests, providing local matching funds, and grant reporting. However, our audit revealed the following:

We discuss these items in detail in the Findings and Recommendation section of the report. 1 Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.

  1. The Inspector General Act of 1998 contains our reporting requirements for questioned costs; however, not all findings are dollar-related. See Appendix III for a breakdown of our dollar-related findings and definition of questioned costs.