This investigation by The Chicago Reporter found that "the Chicago Police Department diverted nearly $ 2.2 million to a private nonprofit agency, which used the money to pay up to 30 civilian workers in the department's community policing program from 1997 to 1999." The reporter revealed that "the agency...was spun off from the Chicago Department of Public Health in 1994 to promote public health..." and is "one of at least two dozen nonprofit agencies created with the help of the city since 1986." The new nonprofit center issued the paychecks of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) from 1997 through 1999 and was "spending hidden from public view," the investigation showed. Some of the story sources said that "CAPS workers do political work." The reporter also found that "some of the police department funds were funneled through the finance general account of the city corporate fund."