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Program A: Administration

Program Authorization: La. Const. of 1974; Article X Part IV

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Administration Program is to provide an independent civil service system for all regularly commissioned full-time law enforcement officers employed by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of State Police, or its successor, who are graduates of the State Police training academy of instruction and are vested with full state police powers, as provided by law, and persons in training to become such officers.

The goals of the Administration Program are:

1. Provide a separate merit system for the commissioned officers of Louisiana State Police.

2. Improve the appeal and discipline processes.

3. Promote effective personnel management practices for the Office of State Police.

4. Maintain an equitable and uniform pay system for all Louisiana State Police commissioned officers.

5. Enable the Office of State Police to meet their staffing needs in a timely fashion by hiring and promoting the best qualified applicants.

The Administration Program includes the following activities: Appeals, Personnel Management, Classification and Pay, and Examining.

The Appeals activity hears commissioned officers' complaints that their fundamental rights have been violated and provides decisions that are consistent with the basic tenets of the merit system, the State Police Service Article, State Police Commission rules, existing jurisprudence and equity.

The Personnel Management activity checks and enforces compliance with State Police Commission rules, and provides assistance with federal and state laws, as appropriate or designated. The activity reviews, develops, and implements State Police Commission rules, performs investigations, reviews contracts, reviews and accepts or denies performance appraisal programs, and issues general circlers and transmittals.

The Classification and Pay activity establishes position, recommends pay adjustments, and allocates positions.

The Examining activity tests and certifies applicants for employment by the Office of State Police.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Administration Program will maintain an average time to hear and decide an appeal of three months.

2. In FY 1998-99, the Administration Program will maintain a one day turnaround on personnel actions such as merit increases, division-section unit changes, competitive promotions, retirements, terminations, suspensions, voluntary resignations and address changes.

3. In FY 1998-99, the Administration Program will maintain existing testing, grade processing, and certificating levels for the State Police cadet hiring process.

1 New indicator for which data will be collected beginning in FY 1998-99.

2 To facilitate the administration of tests, to provide maximum observation of candidates, and to guard against candidates' misappropriating test materials, Cooperative Personnel Services of Sacramento, California, recommends that there be one chief proctor and on assistant proctor for every 50 candidates. For testing of entry level law enforcement candidates, AON-Human Resources Consulting Group recommends that one test proctor be used for each 25-30 candidates.

4. In FY 1998-99, The Administration Program will maintain existing testing, grade processing, and certification levels for State Police sergeants, lieutenants, and captains.

Explanatory Note: When new examinations are developed for sergeants, lieutenants, and captains, performance indicators may change drastically. Until that time, it is anticipated that existing levels of demand and service will be maintained.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with state general funds and fees and self-generated revenue derived from commissioned state police officers for reimbursement of transcription services.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$346,695

$347,945

3

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$346,695

$347,945

3

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($15)

($15)

0

 

Retirement rate adjustment(s)

($959)

($959)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$361

$361

0

 

Rent in State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

$54

$54

0

 

Uniform Payroll System fees

 

 

 

 

 

$346,136

$347,386

3

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($559)

($559)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 99.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 83.4% of the total request ($416,048) for this program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$30,550

 

Legal services for the Commission

$82,450

 

Testing services to provide and grade state police tests

 

 

 

$113,000

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$3,578

 

Legislative Auditor expenses

 

 

 

$3,578

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$21,563

 

Rent in state-owned buildings

$594

 

Public Safety for postage expense

 

 

 

$22,157

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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