Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grants
to the Hopkins Park Police Department
Hopkins Park, Illinois
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 (COPS) to the Hopkins Park, Illinois Police Department (Hopkins Park PD). The purpose of the grant is to enhance community policing. The Hopkins Park PD was awarded a total of $577,673 to hire ten new full-time police officers.
We reviewed the Hopkins Park PD's compliance with six essential grant conditions. The types of community policing activities being performed were acceptable. However, we found the Hopkins Park PD to be in material non-compliance with COPS' grant requirements for: budgeting for local officer positions, hiring of additional officers, meeting local match requirements, requesting reimbursements, and retaining officer positions. As a result, we question the entire amount of supplement grant funds received, or $577,673.1
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.