Some highlights related to the Department of Public Safety and the Fire Marshals Office and the RI Fire Academy
Department of Public Safety Reorganization
The Governor’s revised FY 2017 and FY 2018 recommendation includes organizational changes to the Department of Public Safety and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. In the latter part of FY 2017, the Governor recommends the appointment of a civilian Commissioner of Public Safety to oversee policy and budget implementation across all existing divisions within the Department of Public Safety. The Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police will continue to report to the Governor, but also to the Commissioner of Public Safety. Also joining the Department of Public Safety in FY 2017 will be a Cybersecurity Director transferred from the Department of Administration who will help coordinate the sharing of the state resources to mitigate, and respond to, cyber threats to the State’s critical information technology infrastructure.
Beginning in 2018, the Governor recommends that the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) merge with the Department of Public Safety. The Director of Emergency Management will continue to report to the Governor, but also to the Commissioner of Public Safety. The merger will unify the state’s most qualified first responders and law enforcement personnel in one agency to streamline the delivery of public safety services to all Rhode Islanders. To aid in this endeavor, the Governor recommends additional civilian staff in the Department of Public Safety in FY 2018. A Director of Policy will assist the Commissioner in the development of policy development and implementation. Additional civilian positions will assist in the coordination of capital project and fleet management, research and accreditation, public information, and cyber analysis. New civilian hires will allow the State’s sworn law enforcement officers to focus solely on public safety priorities for which they possess specialized qualifications, while the civilian specialists can focus on daily administrative tasks essential for efficient and effective operation of a public safety agency. The Governor continues to improve the efficiency of state government through the recommended transfer of five human resource and information technology employees from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Administration where these services are currently centralized.
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance