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

May 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 to the Fremont Police Department (FPD), California. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The FPD was awarded a total of $1,009,678 to hire 12 sworn officers and redeploy the equivalent of 4.4 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We reviewed the FPD's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found the grantee's budgeting practices, hiring practices, local matching funds, retention efforts, community policing efforts, and officer redeployment to be acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in areas of reimbursement requests and status reporting, as identified below. As a result, we question $1,345 and determine that $2,233 is enhanced revenue. 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. 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 enhanced revenue.