Audit Report


Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

Manvel Police Department

Manvel, Texas



December 21, 1998


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The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of two grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, to the City of Manvel Police Department, Manvel, Texas. The City received a grant of $73,361 to hire one officer under the Funding Accelerated for Smaller Towns (FAST) program, a supplemental award of $183,947 to hire three officers under the Universal Hiring Program (UHP), and a second identical UHP supplemental award of $183,947 to hire three additional officers, for a total of seven officers. As of September 30, 1998, the City of Manvel (City) had not accepted the second UHP supplemental award. The purpose of the additional grant officers was to enhance community policing.

The City did not comply with the terms and conditions of the grants. Specifically, the City failed to implement, enhance, or augment community policing efforts with the awarded grant funds or develop a formal retention plan for retaining the grant-funded positions. Therefore, we are questioning $73,361 of the FAST grant and $72,063 of the UHP supplemental funds.

We found the following discrepancies with regard to meeting grant conditions:

These items are discussed in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our scope and methodology appear in Appendix I, and our schedule of dollar-related findings is at Appendix II.