The Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services gave out $1 billion for its Hiring Recovery Program last year with relatively few problems, but 45 agencies got $14.6 million that they should not have, says a Justice Department Inspector General’s report quoted by MainJustice.com. The report also said that 34 agencies missed out on nearly $13 million in grants to which they were entitled under federal formulas.
COPS awarded police-hiring grants under the federal stimulus law to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in a “timely, transparent, and merit-based manner,” the report said. COPS said it would remedy the errors in the next funding cycle. Overall, 1,046 law enforcement agencies got funding for 4,699 officers under the law. COPS got more than 7,000 applications for 39,000 officers.