Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Department of Law Enforcement

What is the purpose of the department?

The mission of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is to promote public safety and strengthen domestic security by providing services in partnership with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies to prevent, investigate, and solve crimes while protecting Florida's citizens and visitors.

What services does the department provide?

Through its seven regional operations centers and six crime laboratories, FDLE delivers investigative, forensic, and information services to Florida's criminal justice community. The department is composed of five divisions.

  • Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science manages, coordinates, and provides investigative and forensic services. It conducts independent investigations and coordinates multi-jurisdictional and major impact criminal investigations with local, state, and federal authorities within FDLE’s major focus areas: violent crime, economic crime, drug crime, public integrity, computer crime and domestic security/counterterrorism.
  • Criminal Justice Information Services provides screening services to criminal justice agencies, non-criminal justice agencies, and private citizens to identify persons with criminal warrants, arrests, and convictions. The program also provides the information technology infrastructure for FDLE's systems and networks, which support all criminal justice agencies in Florida.
  • Criminal Justice Professionalism promotes and facilitates competency and professional conduct of Florida's criminal justice officers and delivers training to FDLE members and Florida’s criminal justice community. It works with criminal justice agencies to provide entry-level and in-service officer training and to maintain disciplinary standards.
  • Florida Capitol Police provides uniformed law enforcement operations to ensure the safety and security for the Governor’s Office, the Cabinet, Legislature, visiting dignitaries and other state officials and employees and visitors to the Capitol Complex and Capitol Circle Office Complex.
  • Executive Direction and Support provides management, coordination and leadership to the agency and ensures FDLE's mission and objectives are being followed. This includes the Offices of Executive Director, Chief of Staff, Inspector General, Executive Investigations, Protective Operations Section, and Office of the General Counsel.

How is the department structured?

FDLE is headed by the Governor and Florida Cabinet, which is comprised of the Attorney General, the Chief Financial Officer ,and the Commissioner of Agriculture. The Governor appoints a Commissioner (Executive Director) with the approval of the Cabinet and subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

What department crime information data bases are open to the public?

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2022-23
Fund Dollars Positions
LAW ENFORCEMENT, DEPARTMENT OF
PROGRAM: CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION PROGRAM
INFORMATION NETWORK SERVICES TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY
29,918,613
118.00
PREVENTION AND CRIME INFORMATION SERVICES
56,470,639
320.00
PROGRAM: CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONALISM
LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS COMPLIANCE
11,184,145
50.00
LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION SERVICES
6,313,408
54.00
PROGRAM: EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT
AVIATION SERVICES
3,078,424
4.00
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
51,486,644
135.00
PROGRAM: FLORIDA CAPITOL POLICE PROGRAM
CAPITOL POLICE SERVICES
7,815,044
88.00
PROGRAM: INVESTIGATIONS AND FORENSIC SCIENCE PROGRAM
CRIME LAB SERVICES
63,011,484
442.00
INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES
158,839,062
726.00
MUTUAL AID AND PREVENTION SERVICES
1,972,193
17.00
TOTAL
390,089,656
1,954.00

Updates

Uniform Criminal Justice Data Collection. The 2018 Legislature enacted Ch. 2018-127, Laws of Florida, with the intent of creating a model of uniform data collection by requiring local and state criminal justice agencies to report complete, accurate, and timely data, and making such data available to the public to promote criminal justice data transparency. Specifically, the law requires the clerks of court, state attorneys, public defenders, county detention facility administrators, and the Department of Corrections to collect specified data on a biweekly basis and report it to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on a monthly basis.  FDLE is required to publish the data collected on their website and make it searchable and accessible to the public by January 1, 2020. Through the Criminal Justice Data Transparency (CJDT) initiative, the department dataset currently contains information related to arrests connected to physical bookings, prosecution actions, and court dispositions covering all 67 counties in Florida.  The 2019 Legislature enacted Ch. 2019-167, Laws of Florida, which amended the law to define new data elements and revise existing ones, and require certain state agencies or local entities to collect and report these elements in an effort to help ensure accurate and comprehensive collection.

The 2021 General Appropriations Act (Chapter 2021-36, Laws of Florida) requires the department to provide monthly status reports to the Executive Office of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget, the Department of Management Services, and the chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee in order to receive funding to implement these criminal justice data collection and reporting requirements. Each status report must include progress made to date for each project milestone, deliverable, and task order, planned and actual deliverable completion dates, planned and actual costs incurred, and any project issues and risks. Further, the department is required to competitively procure a private sector provider with experience in conducting independent verification and validation services of public sector information technology projects to provide independent verification and validation services for all department staff and vendor work needed to implement the initiative. The 2022 General Appropriations Act allocated $3 million for data transparency initiatives.  

Veterinary Costs Reimbursement for Retired Police Dogs. The 2022 Legislature enacted Ch. 2022-188, Laws of Florida, the Care for Retired Police Dogs Program. The program provides reimbursement of annual veterinary costs associated with caring for a retired police dog for up to $1,500 to the former handler or adopter who incurs the costs. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will administrate and manage the program by contracting with a not-for-profit corporation. The program must receive valid documentation of the dog's retirement from a law enforcement or correctional agency and that the dog served for five years or more. Valid documentation is also required for injured dogs who served three or more years with one or more law enforcement or correctional agencies, and retired due to injury while in the line of duty. To receive reimbursement, a valid paid invoice from the veterinarian for veterinary costs is required. For the purpose of implementing and administrating the program, the law includes an appropriation of $300,000 in recurring funds from the General Revenue Fund. 

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                                                                                                                                                          Overview of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Quick Stats 2020 is available here.
Review of Cabinet and Long-Range Program Plan Performance Measures, FDLE Inspector General, Project Number PM-1718-01, September 2018.
Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and Publications, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Department of Law Enforcement - Administration of Aircraft, Selected Information Technology Controls, and Prior Audit Follow-Up, Auditor General Report No. 2020-062, November 2019.
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.

Websites of Interest
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website

Performance Information


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

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapter 943, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Ron Draa, Chief of Staff, 850-410-7020

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