The Bureau of State Investigations conducts and coordinates complex investigations designed to detect, deter, prevent, and eradicate fraud, waste, mismanagement, misconduct, and other abuses in state government. The investigative authority is pursuant to FSS 944.31, Inspector general; inspectors; power and duties; FSS 20.055, Agency inspectors general and FSS 943, Department of Law Enforcement. All OIG investigations are conducted pursuant to the Association of Inspectors General, Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General.
This is accomplished by conducting independent and objective OIG investigations of criminal and/or administrative matters and also by providing investigative oversight of all use of force incidents statewide to ensure regulatory compliance with applicable Florida Administrative Code and State Statues. The Bureau of State Investigations has ten investigative field offices and additional specialized units geographically dispersed throughout the State of Florida with Certified Law Enforcement Officers/Inspectors. These Inspectors possess significant law enforcement experience and correctional expertise and are dedicated to the critical mission of safeguarding the integrity of the state’s correctional system.
The OIG investigative oversight includes but is not limited to 24,000 employees conduct statewide (17,000 of which are Sworn Correctional Officers or Correctional Probation Officers), dozens of multi-million dollar contracts & crimes including public corruption and/or serious employee misconduct in approximately 56 FDC or private regional facilities / 143 total FDC facilities.
Our top investigative priorities include investigations into: in-custody deaths, public corruption and criminal efforts that compromise the safety and security of our prisons through violence, introduction/smuggling of contraband and sexual crimes/PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act).
Completed criminal investigations for which probable cause exists that a crime has occurred are referred to the appropriate prosecutorial entity for consideration of criminal prosecution. Administrative investigations with sustained findings are referred to FDC leadership for appropriate management action.
This office engages in extensive and sophisticated multi-agency cooperative criminal investigations with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Department of Justice & other federal, state & local law enforcement agencies & prosecutorial authorities.
The OIG Is a "CFA Accredited” “Inspector General”, Sworn Law Enforcement Statewide Authority Investigative Agency.
The FDC OIG Staff report to the FDC Inspector General who reports to both the Secretary of the Department and additionally dually reports to the Chief Inspector General / Executive Office of the Governor of the State of Florida.