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Governor Crist Announces FDLE Budget Recommendations

2/2/2007
 
TALLAHASSEE—Governor Charlie Crist and Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp today announced their 2007-08 budget recommendations for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The Crist/Kottkamp budget recommendations include an increase of more than $14 million and 25 new positions to enhance public safety initiatives and increase the department’s ability to meet the growing demands of Florida’s criminal justice partners and citizens.

“We appreciate the continued support of Governor Crist and the Cabinet to strengthen the systems and services FDLE provides to support our criminal justice partners and assist our citizens,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “The items requested in our budget enable Florida to continue to be progressive and proactive in our approach to crime prevention and information sharing.”

The Crist/Kottkamp budget recommendations for fiscal year 2007-2008 include:

Continue Implementation of FALCON, $5.6 million –Funding for this multi-year, state-of-the-art data- sharing system will provide the ability to identify an offender in settings like courts, jails and patrol vehicles, provide advanced criminal records management capabilities for criminal justice customers, redesign the criminal history “rap sheet” to better serve our customers, provide the capability to determine from a courtroom if an offender’s DNA is already on file and collect and search palm prints.

Reduction of Biology/DNA Pending Casework, $2 million – Funding will allow for FDLE to reduce pending biology/DNA forensic casework by sending backlogged biology/DNA cases to private vendors and providing training to newly hired Crime Lab Analysts at other accredited lab facilities.

Upgrade Florida Criminal Justice Network (CJNet), $1.4 million – Funding and 3 new positions will improve response time on critical law enforcement systems, increase network capacity to meet the growing information-sharing needs of criminal justice customers and provide around the clock staffing to bolster anti-intrusion efforts.

Florida Law Enforcement eXchange (FLEX), $905,000 – Funding and 3 new positions will support the operation of FLEX, a single, statewide data-sharing system that provides law enforcement across the state the ability to quickly and easily access and analyze the criminal justice information found in individual city, county and state law enforcement agencies’ records management systems and will be used as a critical component of preventing terrorism and other criminal activity.

Additionally, Governor Crist is recommending funds to support two key areas that provide safety information and resources to the public. The recommended budget includes $680,000 and 3 full-time positions to provide additional staffing to the Florida Sexual Predator/Offender Unit which maintains the state’s registry and disseminates information on the state’s approximately 39,000 registered sex offenders and predators. The budget also includes $894,637 and 16 full-time positions to meet the growth in demand for criminal history records and ensure that the citizens and employers continue to receive accurate and updated information in a timely fashion.

For more information on the Crist/Kottkamp budget recommendations, please visit the e-budget at www.myflorida.com. For more information on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us


For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001