Program Authorization: R.S. 40, Chapter 7, Part 3
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.
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
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.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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