Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grant to
the Texas Tech University Police Department Lubbock, Texas
August 3, 2001
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of a grant awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to the Texas Tech University Police Department (police department), Lubbock, Texas. The purpose of the grant was to enhance community policing. The police department was awarded a total of $356,655 to hire five new police officers.
We reviewed the police department's compliance with six essential grant conditions and found weaknesses in its hiring of officers, reimbursement requests, and retention of officer positions. We also found that remaining funds on the expired grant need to be deobligated. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we question $355,106 in grant funds received and recommend an additional $1,549 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.