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Department of Law Enforcement

Domestic Security

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?

Provided to implement Florida's Domestic Security Strategic Plan, domestic security activities are funded primarily through federal grants.  These grants have included FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and Emergency Management Performance Grant, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grants, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative Program.

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?

Other Reports
2017 Domestic Security Annual Report, Domestic Security Oversight Council, December 2017.
2016 Domestic Security Annual Report, Domestic Security Oversight Council, December 2016.
2015 Domestic Security Annual Report, Domestic Security Oversight Council, December 2015.

The Auditor General reports on FDLE are located on its website.

Websites of Interest
Florida Division of Emergency Management
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National Terrorism Advisory System
Domestic Security Alliance Council

Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

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

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