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Program B: Bureau of Investigation

Program Authorization: R.S 4:501-562R.S. 27:20; R.S. 27:308; R.S. 32:1550; R.S. 33:4861 et seq.; R.S. 40:960-1022 and 1379; R.S. 40:1485; R.S. 47:7001-7006; R.S. 47:9002

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Bureau of Investigation in the Office of State Police is to enhance the safety of the citizens of Louisiana through the investigation of criminal activity and the regulation of statutorily authorized gaming entities resulting in the apprehension of violators of local, state federal laws and regulations.

The goals of the Bureau of Investigation Program in the Office of State Police are:

  1. Maintain and enhance a centralized, self-initiating program designed to deter criminal activity and regulate gaming operations.
  2. Increase effectiveness at identifying and investigating criminal activity
  3. Expand and enhance the Bureau of Investigation Program.
  4. Strive to improve professionalism and proficiency throughout the Bureau of Investigations Program.
  5. Improve efficiency of operations relating to the regulation of gaming activities to better serve the public.

The Bureau of Investigation in the Office of State Police consist of the following activities: Gaming Enforcement, Detectives and Investigative Support and Narcotics.

The Gaming Enforcement Section consists of the following divisions: Charitable Gaming Control, Video Gaming, Indian Gaming, Riverboat Gaming and Land Based

The Charitable Gaming Control Division licenses, educates, and monitors organizations conducting legalized gaming as a fund-raising mechanism. In addition, the division licenses, monitors, and educates manufacturers and distributors of gaming supplies. In addition, the Charitable Gaming Division promulgates rules and regulations relating to the registration and control of the manufacture, sale, distribution, transportation, and repair of gaming equipment with this state for use outside of this state; provides for the licensing of commercial lessors and related matters regarding electronic video bingo and progressive mega jackpot bingo.

The Video Gaming Division is responsible for regulating, licensing, rulemaking, investigating, and revenue collecting with regard to legal gaming using computerized video draw poker devices.

The Indian Gaming Division is charged with preventing organized crime and other criminal elements from infiltrating and corrupting games of change on Indian land. Signed tribal compacts empower the Indian Gaming Division to regulate the gaming industry on Indian reservations. The division oversees the gaming operations, which requires it to approve all types of games, approve the rules of play, certify all gaming employees, certify all casino vendors, and enforce criminal statutes on the gaming floor.

The Riverboat Gaming Division regulates the games of change on riverboats throughout Louisiana. The division's responsibilities, in conjunction with the Gaming Control Board, include licensing the boats' owners and employees; monitoring the integrity of the games of chance; overseeing internal security controls; auditing the licensees' financial books, and ensuring compliance with all rules and regulations.

The Land Based Casino Division regulates the games of chance at the only authorized non-Indian Land Based Casino. The division’s responsibilities are the same as those of the Riverboat Gaming Division.

The Detectives and Specialized Support consists of the following divisions: Detectives and General Criminal Investigations and Intelligence.

Detectives and General Criminal Investigations: The Louisiana State Police (LSP) is the only statewide law enforcement agency equipped to handle large-scale, multijurisdictional criminal investigations. Additionally, the Detective Section is heavily involved in support local agencies and jurisdictions with investigative assistance and suspects involved in criminal activity. State Police investigators are responsible for the enforcement of all statutes relating to criminal activity. Further, the section serves as a repository for intelligence information gathered throughout the state and as a point of coordination for multijurisdictional criminal investigations. Under the authority of R.S. 47:9002, the section also conducts investigations for the Louisiana Lottery Corporation.

Intelligence: The Office of the State Police is engaged in the development and processing of criminal intelligence (both raw and refined) pertaining to organized crime, traveling criminals, public disorders, VIP security (including executive) and labor violence. Enforcement functions handled by this unit include investigation of crimes involving state agencies and personnel.

The Narcotics Section consists of the following divisions:

Narcotics and Controlled Dangerous Substances Enforcement: The Narcotics and Controlled Dangerous Substances Enforcement activity enforces all local, state, and federal statutes prohibiting the possession, use and distribution of narcotics, dangerous drugs, and prohibited substances. LSP Investigations are concentrated on large-scale narcotics operations, with emphasis on individuals implicated in interstate and international drug trafficking and organized prescription fraud by practitioners.

Drug Enforcement Seizures and Forfeitures Fund: R.S. 32:1550 establishes a formula for distribution of funds derived from the sale of contraband property or seizure of narcotics funds.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indictors are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with State General Fund, Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self-generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. The Interagency Transfers are from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and are federal grants for narcotics enforcement and from the Arson Church Fires Task Force. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from fees collected by the Office of Motor Vehicles, the sale of assets related to narcotics investigations, licenses and other fees and fines associated with regulation of the charitable gaming industry and from fees and other revenues from the Indian Casinos Regulatory Unit. The Statutory Dedications are derived from Riverboat Gaming and Video Draw Poker. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) Direct Federal Funds are provided by the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Department of Transportation, U.S. Customs, FBI, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

 

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$1,506,455

$26,459,789

476

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$395,171

0

 

Carry forward for 15 vehicles, flight suits, surveillance equipment, computer software, and printer

$0

$651,337

0

 

Carry forward federal grants which provide for overtime, travel for sting operations, travel to out of state conferences, supplies, and helicopter flight hours

 $0

 $2,362,076

 50

 

Riverboat Gaming Enforcement enhancement

         

$1,506,455

$29,868,373

526

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET – November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$584,200

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998-1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$192,326

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$0

$1,505,332

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($1,974,470)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($395,171)

0

 

Nonrecurring carry forward for 15 vehicles, flight suits, surveillance equipment, computer software, and printer

$0

($651,337)

0

 

Nonrecurring carry forward federal grants which provide for overtime, travel for sting operations, travel to out of state conferences, supplies, and helicopter flight hours

$0

($117,465)

0

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($440,574)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

$0

($334,978)

0

Salary Funding from Other Line Items

$0

$708,632

0

 

Other Annualizations – Pay raise for commissioned personnel

$0

($72,067)

0

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments – Removal of nonrecurring expenses provided for riverboat enforcement enhancement

 $0

 $1,046,746

 16

 

Other Adjustments – Enhancement of New Orleans Land Casino enforcement

$0

$110,355

0

 

Other Adjustments – Training series promotions

$0

$249,198

0

 

Other Adjustments – Additional investigative expense for narcotics enforcement

$0

($341,154)

(8)

 

Other Technical Adjustments – transfer Internal Affairs Section to the Operational Support Program

         

$1,506,455

$29,937,946

534

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$69,573

8

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 70.3% of the total request ($42,542,139) for this program. Significant adjustments for which increased funding has been provided included a salary increase for commissioned personnel, enhanced enforcement activities for the New Orleans land-base casino, including 16 positions, and additional investigative expenses for narcotics enforcement. Significant adjustments for which funding has been reduced or eliminated include reduced funding for acquisitions, the removal of nonrecurring carry forward funding, removal of nonrecurring expenses provided for riverboats enforcement enhancement, and the removal of nonrecurring funds provided for the New Orleans land casino enhancement. Additionally, all funding and the T.O. for the Internal Affairs Section have been transferred to the Operational Support Program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$50,691

 

Independent auditing and accounting services for Charitable Gaming Unit

$45,530

 

Medical and psychological testing and counseling for troopers

$203,900

 

Testing of slot machines to verify honesty

$50,000

 

Fees for specialized attorneys ( e.g. bankruptcy, gaming)

 

 

 

$350,121

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$461,095

 

Troopers receive $4.50 per workday for cleaning and maintaining uniforms and $17.85 monthly standard allowance ($2.50 per month for foot wear, and $15.35 monthly for ammunition and batteries)

$149,095

 

In-service training for commissioned personnel at State Police Academy

$1,083,263

 

Monies used for investigative undercover work by specialized investigative support units

$50,000

 

Witness fees

 

 

 

$1,743,453

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$109,771

 

Salaries and related benefits for attorneys in the Attorney General's Office working on electronic video bingo and Indian Casino gaming cases

$181,499

 

Transferred to Management and Finance for personal services, printing, postage, telephone, utilities, maintenance, etc.

 

 

 

$291,270

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$1,505,332

 

One-hundred three (103) replacement vehicles

$301,309

 

Office furniture and computer equipment for land casino enhancement

 

 

 

$1,806,641

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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