The Greensboro City Council has approved plans to allow an outside agency review the police department.
City leaders haven't released details of the plan such as what agency will do the audit and how much the city is willing to pay.
Councilwoman Goldie Wells was the only council member who voted against the plan, saying the money could be better spent by putting police on the street. The council rearranged budgets twice in 2007 to provide more money for police.
The review comes after a troublesome year for Greensboro police. Gang-related crime has increased and a string of homicides in December made many residents feel unsafe.
More recently, three officers are suspended with pay after a female officer accused them of sexual assault.