New Law will Enhance Efficiency
in Department of Corrections
Secretary Michael Moore said today the Department of Corrections will be able to increase its efficiency as a result of a bill signed by Governor Jeb Bush.
Governor Bush signed into law a bill that allows the Department of Corrections to designate inspectors in the Inspector General's Office as sworn law enforcement officers. These inspectors now will be able to make arrests on property owned or leased by the department or involving matters over which the department has jurisdiction.
Moore said that under current law, department inspectors have the authority to conduct criminal and administrative investigations, but they do not have arrest powers. In situations such as drug interdiction operations involving staff or visitors, for instance, the department must rely on outside law enforcement if an arrest needs to be made. Typically, the local sheriff or Highway Patrol would be called in to make the arrest, he said.
Moore said the new law will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement in Florida.
"Our inspectors will be able to arrest individuals at the conclusion of an investigation rather than calling in outside law enforcement," Moore said. "This will streamline our criminal investigations by reducing the need for involvement by sheriff and police offices - and it will enhance the stature of the Inspector General's Office. We are officers of the law, and when our investigations result in the need for an arrest, we now will be able to complete that investigation by making the arrest."