Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Asbury Park Police Department
Asbury Park, New Jersey
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 (COPS) to the Asbury Park, New Jersey, Police Department (Asbury Park). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. Asbury Park was awarded a total of $3,198,068 to hire 18 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 5.1 existing full-time police officers from administrative duties to community policing.
We reviewed Asbury Park's compliance with seven essential grant conditions and found weaknesses in four of the seven areas we tested: hiring of additional officers, local match requirements, reimbursement requests, and officer redeployment. In our judgment, Asbury Park is in material non-compliance with COPS grant requirements. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we question $1,294,490 in grant funds received and recommend an additional $238,181 be put to better use.1
These items are discussed in detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.