|Georgia Bureau of Investigation|
|Employees||770 (as of 2016) |
|Annual budget||$89,300,000 |
|Operations jurisdiction||Georgia, USA|
|Size||59,425 square miles (153,910 km2)|
|Population||9,544,750 (2007 est.)|
|Special Agent and Narcotics Agents||400 (as of 2008) |
|Civilians||412 (as of 2008) |
Coordinates: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is a state-wide investigative law enforcement agency within the state of Georgia. It is an independent, statewide agency that provides assistance to Georgia's criminal justice system in the areas of criminal investigations, forensic laboratory services and computerized criminal justice information. Its headquarters is located in unincorporated DeKalb County, near Decatur and in Greater Atlanta.
The agency is divided into several parts:
Fleet and Asset Section manages the GBI's fleet of more than 500 vehicles and GBI assets totally nearly 5,000 items valued in excess of $100 million.
Staff Services is responsible for:
Governor Eurith D. Rivers was instrumental in the creation of the department in March 1937, when a law was passed Act 220 creating the Georgia Department of Public Safety which included the Georgia State Patrol and a plainclothes investigative division called the Division of Identification, Detection, Prevention and Investigation which became the GBI in 1940. Any crime committed on state property or on state highways came under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was also authorized to assist in criminal investigations when requested to do so by local law enforcement officials or agencies.
In 1972 then Governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter proposed extensive changes in the structure of the executive branch of state government that led to the introduction of the Executive Reorganization Act. As a result of passage of this Act and later amendments, on February 28, 1974, the GBI was made an independent agency separate from the Georgia Department of Public Safety.