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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

October 1999
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 Portland Police Bureau (PPB). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The PPD was awarded a total of $11,296,174 to hire 60 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 47.6 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We reviewed the PPB's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found the PPB's practices for budgeting, hiring, meeting the local match, retention, implementation of community policing, and redeployment to be acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in the areas identified below. As a result, we question $29,107. 1

These items are discussed in greater 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.