Police training fund audit shows nothing amiss

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An audit of the Pittsburgh police bureau's Public Safety Training Trust Fund unveiled no oddities in the account or in the way it is handled, Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb said Wednesday.

The account handles local, state and federal reimbursements given to the department for training new recruits and current personnel. The fund is administered by the bureau's training academy, which is run under its administrative branch.

The training academy staff deposited $117,399 in reimbursements into the account between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2012, the period the audit covered. Mr. Lamb's staff said $245,947 in reimbursements were deposited into the fund prior to that and $363,346 were spent during the audit period.

"Our procedures did not disclose any instance of noncompliance or any deficiency relating to the fund's operations or related internal controls," Mr. Lamb wrote in the audit's summary. "We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of the Police bureau staff."

Police bureau finances have been under heightened scrutiny since federal investigators began probing allegations that funds were misappropriated by some within the bureau.

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