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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
Chicago Housing Authority
Chicago, Illinois

May 1999
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 Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. The CHA was awarded a total of $2,185,326 to hire 20 new police officers and redeploy 12 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing. We reviewed the CHA's compliance with eight essential grant conditions and found the grantee's local match and implementation of community policing activities to be acceptable. However, we identified weaknesses in other areas as summarized below. As a result, we are questioning $322,429 and recommending an additional $847,817 be put to better use.3

These items are discussed in greater detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope, and methodology appear in Appendix I.


3. 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.