Program Authorization: R.S. 40:1385; R.S. 15:581.2 et seq.; Act 859 of 1985; Act 681 of 1988; Act 4 of 1996 Extraordinary Session; Act 507 of 1985; Act 681 of 1988
The mission of the Operational Support Program is to provide support services (guidance and technical support) required by line personnel in the Office of State Police.
The goal of the Operational Support Program is to provide support services to the department in a timely manner statewide so that personnel may more effectively protect lives and property.
The Operational Support Program includes the following activities: Executive, Crime Laboratory, Protective Services, Department of Public Safety (DPS) Police, and Support Services.
The Executive Section is composed of three positions that are in the direct chain of command below the Deputy Secretary. Duties of these positions include responsibility for management and control of all resources, logistical functions, property allocation, and support services.
The Crime Laboratory Section provides accurate and timely analysis of evidence. The laboratory offers direct support to law enforcement operations in the area of toxicology, identification and analysis of controlled dangerous substances, firearms, serology, latent prints, trace evidence analysis, photographic support and evidence cataloging. The services are available free of charge to any government agency. Additionally, laboratory personnel support federal and state prosecutors, testify in courts, give depositions, and prepare briefs of analysis. Also, laboratory personnel provide twenty-four hour crime scene assistance for major crime investigations.
Protective Services, under the authority of Act 681 of 1988, provides and maintains security for the governor, his office, the mansion, his immediate family, and other persons authorized by the governor. Currently, the Office of State Police also provides protection for the lieutenant governor.
DPS Police provides security and law enforcement for buildings that are owned by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections in Baton Rouge, including the barracks that house prison inmate trustees. Additionally, the commissioned officers assist with security at the governor's mansion and security of the State Capitol.
Support Services Section includes:
Criminal Identification Bureau, which serves as the central state depository for criminal records. As such, the bureau receives and processes criminal history data from criminal justice agencies throughout the state and the nation. The bureau collects, possesses, stores and disseminates criminal history information and related data (such as rap sheets, fingerprints, and photographs); assists police departments in criminal investigations through expert latent fingerprint comparison and subsequent court testimony; and provides identification of criminals, wanted/missing persons, probation/parole violators, habitual offenders, and unknown deceased persons. Act 941 of 1985 (R.S. 15:587) authorizes the Office of State Police to charge a fee to criminal justice agencies for processing criminal record inquiries.
Support Services includes Fleet Operations, Traffic Records, Property Control, and Police Supply Units. The Office of State Police maintains all Department of Public Safety and Corrections vehicles. All major automotive maintenance and body work has been centralized at LSP headquarters in Baton Rouge. Routine or minor repairs are accomplished at one of nine satellite garages located at State Police installations around the state. An economical aspect of this maintenance is the use of inmate labor. Both mechanical and body repairs are done at the Louisiana State Police Headquarters using inmates assigned to the Correctional Services.
The Concealed Handgun Permit Section, which operates under the authority of Act 4 of the 1996 Extraordinary Session, issues permits that allow Louisiana residents to carry concealed handguns. The section conducts background investigations prior to the issuance of a permit, and it must initiate the revocation process.
The Aircraft Section operates under the authority of Act 507 of 1985, provides State Police and local law enforcement with aerial capability. Presently, all helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are assigned to LSP headquarters. While search, rescue, pursuit, and emergency transportation are included among the duties of these aircraft, traffic patrol is their major use. Additionally, fixed wing aircraft are used extensively in the marijuana eradication program as well as for narcotics, criminal, and intelligence-gathering investigations.
The Operational Development Unit Section directs and controls the development of plans and programs, goals, and various objectives of the department. It is responsible for inspection of the department's personnel, material resources, and procedures. Additionally, it serves as legislative liaison responsible for monitoring bills that affect the department and assists in the preparation of the department's budget and other planning functions.
The Applied Technology Section is responsible for the training and certification of all law enforcement personnel who utilize instruments to detect and measure the alcoholic content of a person's blood. It is also the responsibility of this section to certify the accuracy of blood alcohol testing instruments and filing the necessary documentation with the appropriate criminal justice systems so the results of those instruments can be used in criminal and civil proceedings.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATOR
1. In FY 1998-99, the Operational Support Program, through the Laboratory Services activity, will increase the total number of cases worked by 12.5% from the FY 1996-97 level (22,057).
2. In FY 1998-99, the Operational Support Program, through the DPS Police activity, will maintain or increase existing levels of security for DPS&C buildings in Baton Rouge, the Governor's Mansion, and the State Capitol.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Operational Support Program, through the Support Services/State Police Criminal Information activity, will increase the criminal histories available for computer inquiry by 18% over the FY 1996-97 level (101,006).
4. In FY 1998-99, the Operational Support Program, through the Support Services/Concealed Handgun Permit activity, will ensure that permit holders meet and maintain statutory requirements for carrying concealed weapons.
5. In FY 1998-99, the Operational Support Program, through the Support Services/Aircraft activity, will operate both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft for a total of approximately 3,000 hours flown.
1 Three helicopters are military surplus to be refurbished.
6. In FY 1998-99, the Operational Support Program, through the Support Services/Operational Development activity, will make information available to news media and the public.
7. In FY 1998-99, the Operational Support Program, through the Support Services/Applied Technology activity, will increase the number of students who attend a 40-hour Intoxilyzer class by 6%.
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 other programs within the Department of Public Safety and Corrections and programs outside of the department for gasoline and automotive services purchased. The Self-Generated Revenues are derived from fees assessed for utilization of state police breath alcohol machines, checking of criminal histories, insurance recovery and from fees collected by the Office of Motor Vehicles. The Statutory Dedications are derived from the Riverboat Gaming Enforcement Fund, Public Safety Driving While Intoxicated Testing, Maintenance and Training Fund, and the Concealed Handgun Permit Fund. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The Federal Funds are derived from a DNA grant and a drugfire grant.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 99.6% of the existing operating budget. It represents 78.3% of the total request ($57,979,669) for this program. Significant changes include the removal of non-recurring acquisitions and major repairs, increased funding for state police retirement, a salary increase for commissioned personnel, increased funding for aviation repairs, increased federal funds for DNA analysis and drugfire analysis and the elimination of forty-seven vacant positions.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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