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Discrepancies at Alton Police Department investigated by state, feds

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ALTON (KMOV.com) - The Alton Police Department said Friday that discrepancies were discovered with the information reported from DUI checkpoints funded by a state grant.

The department says they were discovered during a recent, unrelated disciplinary action involving an officer.

Alton police were eligible to receive $148,920 in federal funds in 2015, which are distributed in the form of grants through the Illinois Department of Transportation's Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). For now, all DUI checkpoints funded by the grants are suspended.

Police Chief Jason "Jake" Simmons ordered a random review of DUI checkpoint data from previous years and found more discrepancies. Monday, the department began a full audit of the program.

Illinois State Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also planning to send investigators to Alton to conduct their own investigations.

Police have not said whether the discrepancies involve money or officers padding sheets to boost pay.

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