Program Authorization: R.S. 40:960-1022 and 1379; R.S. 47:9002; R.S. 32:1550
The mission of the Criminal Investigation Program 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 goal of the Criminal Investigation Program is to provide effective enforcement of criminal laws through aggressive, thorough investigation.
The Criminal Investigation Program includes the following activities: Detectives and Specialized Support and Narcotics and Controlled Dangerous Substances Enforcement.
The Detectives and Specialized Support activity is responsible for:
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.
Internal Affairs: The purpose of the Internal Affairs Section is to ensure that the integrity of Public Safety Services agencies is maintained at all times. Responsibilities of the section include: conducting background investigations on all new applicants for employment, conducting investigations relating to internal problems of offices within Public Safety Services, and maintaining up-to-date files (containing information concerning disciplinary actions) on each employee of the Office of State Police. These files contain information concerning the employees' disciplinary actions.
The Narcotics and Controlled Dangerous Substances activity is responsible for:
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
1. By June 1999, the Criminal Investigations Program, through the Detectives and Specialized Support activity, will increase felony arrests by 40% and double the total value of stolen property recovered from FY 1996-97 levels (265 felony arrests and $1,254,802 in stolen property recovered).
1 Excludes narcotics arrests.
2 Some of these activities are multi-agency efforts.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Criminal Investigations Program, through the Detectives and Specialized Support activity, will continue to assist other law enforcement agencies with their efforts to solve criminal cases.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Criminal Investigations Program, through the Internal Affairs activity, will maintain the integrity of the Public Safety Services by investigating allegations of wrongdoing by Public Safety Services employees as well as by conducting background checks of Louisiana State Police cadets, promotional candidate summaries, and fleet/shooting reviews.
Explanatory Note: Because of the nature of the investigations conducted by this activity, no estimated or projected performance indicators are provided.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Criminal Investigations Program, through the Narcotics and Controlled Dangerous Substances activity, will maintain a narcotics seizures level (as measured in street value) that is 3% higher than that of FY 1996-97 ($17,505,755).
Explanatory Note: In FY 1996-97, State Police criminal patrol units in the Traffic Enforcement Program made 470 narcotics arrests and seized narcotics valued at $11,548,434.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with State General Fund, Interagency Transfers, 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. The Self-Generated Revenues are derived from fees collected by the Office of Motor Vehicles and from the sale of assets related to narcotics investigations. The Statutory Dedications are derived from riverboat gaming. (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 and the FBI.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 88.4% of the existing operating budget. It represents 69.0% of the total request ($13,959,000) for this program. The increase in state general fund is primarily due to the salary increase for commission personnel. The reduction in the total means of financing is primarily due to the removal of nonrecurring acquisitions along with the removal of non-recurring carryforward expenditures and non-recurring expenditures for a cadet class.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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