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08-419 Office of State Police

The mission of the Office of State Police is to ensure the safety and security of the people in the state through enforcement, education, and provision of other essential public safety services.

The goals of the Office of the State Police are:

  1. Promote public safety on the roads and highways and in our communities.
  2. Achieve greater public participation in promoting and achieving public safety.
  3. Strive to adequately staff, equip and fund its operation to achieve an effective public safety organization..
  4. Expand communications with the public, other law enforcement agencies, the legislature and other governments.
  5. Improve and strengthen the effectiveness of the management through planning, forecasting, training, coordinating and being accountable.
  6. Set the standard against which other law enforcement agencies will be judged.

The Office of State Police is a statutorily mandated, statewide law enforcement agency originally instituted to enforce the laws of Louisiana relating to motor vehicles and their operation on the streets and highways of the state. However, over the years, this responsibility has been expanded to include all criminal activities occurring within the state, with emphasis on driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests, speeding arrests, narcotics and organized crime. This agency also includes the statewide collection and coordination of criminal records, evidence, intelligence and, in general, it acts as the state's main crime-fighting arm. More recent acts have included regulatory authority in the areas of hazardous materials regulation, motor carrier safety, the towing industry, and gaming activities connected to video draw poker, riverboat gambling, charitable organizations, and Indian gaming.

The Office of State Police has three programs: Traffic Enforcement, Bureau of Investigation and Operational Support.


This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.

This agency's recommended appropriation includes $749,460 for long-term debt. Total long-term debt service payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.

This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System and the State Police Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:

State General Fund (Direct)


$  15,922,996

State General Fund by:



     Fees & Self-gen. Revenues



     Statutory Dedications



Federal Funds









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