Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Grant to the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department
October 3, 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 Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The police department was awarded a total of $5,291,648 to hire 39 new police officers, redeploy 89.7 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing, and to fund the training of 1 military veteran hired under the "Troops to COPS" program.
We reviewed the police department's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found the following grant conditions acceptable: grantee's budgeting practices, hiring of police officers, source of local matching funds, planning for retention of officer positions, community policing activities, and status reporting. However, we found weaknesses in the areas identified below. As a result, we question $219,274 and recommend that $27,141 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.
1. The Inspector General Act of 1988 contains our reporting requirements for questioned costs and funds to better use. However, not all findings are dollar-related. See Appendix III for a breakdown of our dollar-related findings and for definitions of questioned costs and funds to better use.