Program Authorization: R.S. 15:1201 et seq.; R.S. 46:1801 et. seq.; Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 887(E) and Article 895.1(E)
The mission of the State Programs Program is to assist in the continual improvement of the State's Criminal Justice System through oversight of state grant funds programs, crime victims reparations program, and training and certification of law enforcement officers.
The goal of the State Programs Program is to assist criminal justice agencies in the areas of training and certification of peace officers, compensation for victims of crime, funding for crime labs, funding of drug abuse resistance programs (DARE), and funding law enforcement assistance programs as mandated.
Current initiatives include: the administration of the Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) program, the Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Grant Program, the Crime Victims Reparations Program, the Crime Lab Grant Program, and the Governor's Hotline for reporting illegal traffic stops.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the State Programs Program will establish and administer a curriculum for the provision of basic and correctional training of peace officers (resulting in 45 basic training courses for peace officers and 50 corrections training courses being conducted).
2. In FY 1998-99, the State Programs Program will reimburse local law enforcement agencies for tuition costs related to basic and corrections training courses for approximately 960 law enforcement recruits and 975 corrections officers.
3. In FY 1998-99, the State Programs Program will utilize approximately $1.2 million in self-generated funds (derived in accordance with Act 562 of 1986) to provide assistance to approximately 150 local law enforcement agencies.
1 Act 562 of the 1986 Regular Legislative Session assesses $2 on all convictions.
4. In FY 1998-99, the State Programs Program will reimburse all criminal justice agencies for costs associated with in-service specialized/advanced criminal justice courses necessary to carry out their duties in a safe, effective, and legal manner.
5. In FY 1998-99, the State Programs Program will allocate and administer demand reduction and drug prevention grant funds.
6. In FY 1998-99, the State Programs Program will pass through state funds for the improvement of all crime labs in the state.
7. In FY 1998-99, the State Programs Program will administer the Crime Victims Reparations Program (which is designed to compensate victims and survivors of violent crime using dedicated revenues and federal funds), lowering the average claim processing time to 33 days.
1 The average time to process a case is decreasing due to the automation, streamlining of application process, etc. The indicator values for FY 1997-98 were established before the above mentioned changes were fully enforced. The Midyear Performance Progress Report for FY 1997-98 shows that cases were being processed in an average of 11 days for the first half of the fiscal year.
8. In FY 1998-99, the State Programs Program will operate a hotline for motorists, who believe themselves to have been treated improperly or unfairly by Louisiana law enforcement officials while traveling through Louisiana, to contact for information and assistance.
1 This activity was established in response to issues raised by national broadcast journalists. The number of hotline calls received is an external factor beyond the control of the agency. The figures for FY 1997-98 are partial year, since the activity was established during the fiscal year. The figures for FY 1998-99 are forecasts reflecting a projected downward trend in calls received.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with state general fund, fees and self-generated revenues and Statutory Dedications. Fees and self-generated revenues are derived from a $2 increase on court costs to provide funds to assist in basic training for law enforcement agency recruits. Statutory Dedications are derived from the Crime Victims Reparation Fund which is generated by fines imposed on criminals by the courts to remunerate crime victims and their families. Another Statutory Dedication is derived from the Drug Abuse Education and Treatment Fund which is generated by fees levied on convicted drug offenders who are placed on supervised probation to assist local agencies in developing drug abuse prevention and treatment programs. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.)
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 102.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 87.7% of the total request ($9,931,707) for this program. The net increase in this program is primarily due to the increase in Statutory Dedications for the Crime Victims Reparation Fund.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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