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Program B: Arson Enforcement

Program Authorization: R.S. 40, Chapter 7, Part 3

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Arson Enforcement Program is to protect life and property from the hazards of fire or explosion; to ensure the safety of the state's citizens within the constructed environment; provide equal access to disabled individuals; and promote the efficient use of energy in buildings.

The goal of the Arson Enforcement Program is to deter the crime of arson.

The Arson Program deters arson through prevention, investigation and apprehension of suspected arsonist. The agency also assists in the training of fire departments in the cause and origin of fire. In addition, the Arson Program licenses, regulates, and inspects over 800 retail firework stands twice a year and approximately 150 mobile home dealer lots twice a year.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Arson Enforcement Program will respond to and investigate all requests by fire, police, and insurance companies of reported incendiary and suspicious fires not covered by a recognized fire protection bureau.

1 The dollar value of property destroyed in these suspicious/incendiary fires was $28,198,160 in FY 1996-97 and is estimated to be over $36.5 million in FY 1997-98 and FY 1998-99.

2 The Arson Enforcement Program runs totals by calendar year since the National Fire Reports are maintained on a calendar year basis.

3 The amount of additional duties and additional fires requiring investigation will reduce the percentage of arrests and convictions due to the lack of man-hours available to conduct follow-up investigations. The agency notes that this percentage can be improved with additional manpower.

 

OFFICE OF FIRE MARSHAL ARRESTS AND CONVICTIONS

 

FY 1990-91

FY 1991-92

FY 1992-93

FY 1993-94

FY 1994-95

FY 1995-96

FY 1996-97

Number of Arson Investigations

624

660

659

626

586

703

722

Number of Arson Arrests

109

140

141

135

140

149

158

Percentage of Investigations Resulting in Arrests

17%

21%

21%

22%

24%

21%

21%

Number of Arson Convictions

33

57

79

82

75

72

68

Percentage of Investigations Resulting in Convictions

5%

8%

12%

13%

13%

10%

10%

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with statutory dedications from the Louisiana Fire Marshal Fund. (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

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$917,843

21

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$325,000

0

 

Carryforward for arson van

$0

$10,692

0

 

Realign expenditures for uniform cleaning allowance from Inspection and Licensing Program

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,253,535

21

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($325,000)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for arson van

$0

($30,137)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$24,148

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustments

$0

$13,323

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustments

$0

($28,794)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($1,417)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

($8,001)

0

 

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

$0

$47,142

0

 

Overtime funding

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$944,799

21

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($308,736)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 75.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 77.0% of the total request ($1,226,944) for this program. The reduced funding is primarily due to the removal of non-recurring carryforwards and non-recurring acquisitions and major repairs.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999

OTHER CHARGES

$10,692

 

Uniform maintenance

 

 

 

$10,692

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$40,203

 

Transferred to State Police for automotive maintenance

$18,388

 

Transferred to Management and Finance for utilities and telephones

$2,581

 

Civil Service/Comprehensive Public Training Program charge for pro rata share of expenses

 

 

 

$61,172

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$42,000

 

Three replacement vehicles

 

 

 

$42,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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