What is the purpose of the program?
The department's domestic security mission is to strengthen Florida's coordinated capability to prepare, prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover from all hazards through interdisciplinary and interagency consensus and commitment to build and rely on a strong regional collaboration. Federal, state, and local entities have a shared responsibility in Florida's domestic security effort.
How is the program organized?
Florida's domestic security governance structure includes three primary components:
- Regional Domestic Security Task Forces, pursuant to s. 943.0312, Florida Statutes, consist of representatives of local law enforcement agencies, emergency management agencies, and other first-responder personnel. A task force in each of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) seven operational regions assists the Chief of Domestic Security in preparing for, preventing, and responding to terrorist events and coordinating with federal, state, and local responders.
- Domestic Security Coordinating Group, composed of representatives and subject matter experts from the Regional Domestic Security Task Forces, designated urban areas, state agency partners, and key organization liaisons who come together to address domestic security issues surfaced by the Regional Domestic Security Task Forces, network of Fusion Centers, and the Domestic Security Oversight Council.
- Domestic Security Oversight Council provides guidance to the Regional Domestic Security Task Forces on prevention, preparedness, and response activities and makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature regarding expenditure and allocation of related resources. The council is chaired by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The director of the Division of Emergency Management serves as the vice-chair. Other voting members of the council include state agency officials, representatives of local law enforcement, and representatives of other organizations and associations with an interest in emergency management, such as the Florida Hospital Association and the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council (see s. 943.0313, Florida Statutes, for more details).
How are these activities funded?
Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?
A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website
Where can I get more information?
What are the applicable statutes?
Chapters 943 (Florida Department of Law Enforcement), and 252 (Division of Emergency Management), Florida Statutes.
Whom do I contact for help?
Office of Domestic Security, 850-410-8300