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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Compton Police Department California

November 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 (COPS) to the Compton, California Police Department (CPD). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The CPD was awarded a total of $2,079,508 to hire 20 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 4.1 existing full-time police officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We found the Compton Police Department to be in material non-compliance with COPS' grant requirements. We reviewed the CPD's compliance with eight essential grant conditions and found weaknesses in each of the areas we tested: budgeting for local officer positions, hiring of additional officers, local match requirements, reimbursement requests, redeployment tracking, retention of officer positions, community policing, and grantee status reporting. As a result, we question $1,690,398 in grant funds received and recommend an additional $76,311 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.