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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Palestine, Arkansas, Police Department

January 28, 2000
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 to the Palestine Police Department (Palestine). The purpose of the grant is to enhance community policing. Palestine was awarded a total of $254,802 to hire four new police officers.

We reviewed Palestine's compliance with seven essential grant conditions. We found the grantee's community policing practices to be acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in six other areas as identified below. As a result, we question $90,683 and recommend an additional $32,175 be put to better use.

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.