Updated Tuesday February 14 @ 4:40 p.m.: We incorrectly reported that investigators at IPRA’s replacement agency will continue to receive training at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. IPRA spokesperson Mia Sissac clarified that IPRA investigators have received training from that firm in the past, but they have not yet determined where future COPA lead investigators will receive their training, as is required under state law.
Only one company submitted a bid to assist the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) with its transition to become the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and the city has decided to accept the bid. The winner is a small, Chicago-based IT firm with experience working on various website and technology upgrades for Cook County.
Carminati Consulting, Inc., a software and IT management company that built the public websites for Cook County’s Trauma and Burn Unit and the Cook County Health and Hospitals’ System, will be paid up to $200,000 under the contract with the city. IPRA’s selection seems to be a curious one: nowhere in Carminati’s website does it detail experience in anything other than IT management.