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Community Oriented Policing Services Grant
Camden, New Jersey Police Department

January 5, 2001
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 Camden Police Department. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. Camden was awarded a total of $5,781,086 to hire 34 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 41.2 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We found the Camden Police Department to be in material non-compliance with COPS' grant requirements. We reviewed Camden's compliance with eight essential grant conditions and found weaknesses in each of the areas we tested. As described below, these weaknesses included instances of non-compliance and instances when the grantee failed to maintain adequate records to demonstrate compliance. As a result, we question $2,083,051 in grant funds received and recommend an additional $3,698,035 be put to better use.1 We also recommend that Camden remit to the federal government $12,945 in excess interest earned.

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.
  2. According to COPS' grant requirements, grantees are to maintain records that assure the responsible use of grant funds, and demonstrate funds are spent in conformance with grant conditions.