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Law Enforcement Program Should Pursue Outsourcing, Track Case Outcomes, Integrate Information Systems, Report No. 03-01, January 2003
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  • The Law Enforcement Program of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection should be continued because it benefits the state by helping protect natural resources.
  • The department should outsource some of its park patrol services.  Park patrol officers spend most of their time on routine patrol services that could be performed by officers that do not have extensive, specialized training in environmental laws and regulations.
  • To improve efficiency and effectiveness, we recommend that the department ensure that criteria for determining whether violations merit a criminal investigation are clearly communicated and adhered to by district regulatory employees.
  • To assess the outcomes and quality of investigations, the department should track outcomes of cases referred for prosecution.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Environmental Law Enforcement

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-76 Progress Report: DEP Addresses Some Recommendations; Still Lacks an Integrated Law Enforcement Information System, published in November 2004.

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