GENERAL POLICE SERVICES are all functions
associated with the statewide enforcement of laws, the prevention
of crime, the pursuit and apprehension of offenders, and the
gathering of legal evidence to ensure conviction of such offenders.
In certain municipalities, the division is the sole provider
of these general police services. This function also includes
the protection of state officials and properties, as well
as the security of national and international officials while
in the state.
GENERAL HIGHWAY AND TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT is the patrol
of all state highways, the investigation of accidents and
incidents on those highways, and the conduct of inspection
and enforcement programs essential to the safety of citizens
on those highways.
STATEWIDE INVESTIGATION AND INTELLIGENCE SERVICES
are those unique functions essential to the identification
and successful prosecution of criminal activities which, by
their name, are so pervasive or complex that local police
agencies are not able or equipped to pursue them effectively.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT is the statewide responsibility
to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergent and disastrous
incidents which occur beyond the capacity of municipalities
and counties to effectively respond. In this capacity, the
agency is also responsible for the coordination and support
of emergency services at all levels, as well as the mitigation
of the immediate damages from such incidents.
SUPPORT FOR STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS
is the provision of scientific and technical services in the
conduct of all state investigations. Where such services are
beyond the ability or capacity of county and local agencies
and are requested by such agencies, the state agency may extend
these services within the limits of its existing resources.
MAINTENANCE OF CRIMINAL RECORDS AND IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS
is the exclusive responsibility of the state agency in order
to ensure a comprehensive, reliable and effective resource
for all criminal, non-criminal and judicial related functions
which, by law, require accurate identification.
REGULATION OF CERTAIN COMMERCE is the oversight of
individuals and practices in businesses which the legislature
has determined have a significant effect of the safety and
welfare of the general public and, which by their nature,
exert a statewide presence.