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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Rapid City, South Dakota Police Department

February 1, 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 Rapid City, South Dakota, Police Department. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The police department was awarded a UHP grant of $750,000 to hire 10 new police officers, and a MORE 95 grant to redeploy 11 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We reviewed the police department's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found the following grant conditions acceptable: grantee's budgeting practices, source of local matching funds, reimbursement requests, planning for retention of officer positions, and community policing activities. However, we found weaknesses in the areas identified below. As a result, we question $132,000 and recommend that $225,000 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 App


  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.