The Contraband Interdiction Unit was established within the Bureau of Inspections and Intelligence in 1993. The unit's mission is to provide a safer environment for employees, inmates and visitors by discouraging the introduction of contraband into state correctional facilities.
The unit conducts unannounced interdiction operations at Department of Corrections facilities in cooperation with the Florida Highway Patrol canine teams. During these operations, employees, visitors, inmates, vehicles and areas on Department grounds are searched for contraband. Employees, visitors and inmates are also subject to inspection by a chemical detection unit that uses technology referred to as Ion Mobility Spectrometry to find traces of illegal drugs on persons and objects. During the past fiscal year, a second system was purchased, enabling the bureau to conduct operations simultaneously at two locations. Interdiction operations during the last two fiscal years yielded the following results:
|firearms (in vehicles)||7||8|
|ammunition (in vehicles)||1,017||592|
The Safety and Risk Management Unit was established to promote increased safety awareness throughout the Department. It reduces employee and inmate job-related accidents and limits risk losses by enhancing fire and occupational safety. The Safety and Risk Management Unit has been under the direction of the Inspector General's Office for the last two years.