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Program B: State Programs

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)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$5,740,000

$8,524,903

20

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$5,740,000

$8,524,903

20

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$1

$1

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Replacement/New: +$1)

$0

$6,823

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$8,339

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$65,088

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($266)

($266)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

($81,190)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund Salaries

$0

$12,024

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$2,249

$2,249

0

 

Rent in State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

$0

$0

1

 

Increase authorized Table of Organization due to payroll function being transferred from the Division of Administration

$0

$100,000

0

 

Increase in Statutory Dedications for the Crime Victims Reparation Fund

$18,600

$18,600

0

 

Increase to fund Hotline operational expenses

$50,000

$50,000

0

 

Increase in retiree group benefits insurance

 

 

 

 

 

$5,810,584

$8,706,571

21

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$70,584

$181,668

1

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

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.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$15,700

 

Professional Service contracts for computer consulting services

 

 

 

$15,700

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$1,130,865

 

State awards from the Crime Victims Reparations Act to provide financial relief to crime victims

$1,213,820

 

State grant-in-aid program to local criminal justice agencies - 100% self-generated revenue as authorized by Act 562 of 1986 for the Peace Officers Standards and Training Program (POST)

 

 

$169,897

 

Drug Abuse Education and Treatment - Aid to local public and private non-profit agencies in developing drug abuse prevention and treatment programs

$4,197,867

 

Drug Assistance Resistance Program (DARE)-Grants to law enforcement agencies which provide the DARE curriculum to school children

$480,000

 

Additional funding of $60,000 for the 8 crime labs

$483,456

 

Enhanced training for local criminal justice agencies

 

 

 

$7,675,905

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$67,849

 

Rent in State-owned buildings

 

 

 

$67,849

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$9,589

 

Replacement of office equipment

 

 

 

$9,589

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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