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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the City of Paterson Police Department
Paterson, New Jersey

November 2002
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 City of Paterson, New Jersey, Police Department (Paterson). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. Paterson was awarded a total of $5,558,265 to hire 60 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 20.9 existing full-time police officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We found Paterson to be in material non-compliance with COPS's grant requirements. We reviewed Paterson's compliance with seven essential grant conditions and found weaknesses in four of the seven areas we tested: local match requirements, reimbursement requests, retention of officer positions, and redeployment tracking. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we question $1,083,338 in grant funds received and recommend an additional $1,987,663 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.