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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Kankakee, Illinois Police Department

January 21, 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 Kankakee, Illinois, Police Department (Kankakee PD). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The Kankakee PD was awarded a total of $825,000 to hire 11 new police officers.

We reviewed the Kankakee PD's compliance with seven essential grant conditions. We found the grantee's budgeting, hiring practices, matching fund provisions, community policing activities, and retention planning to be acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in other areas as identified below. As a result, we question $3,750 and recommend an additional $150,000 be put to better use.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 and funds to better use. However, not all of our findings are dollar-related. See Appendix III for a breakout of our dollar-related findings and definitions of questioned costs and funds to better use.