Intelligence and investigations - FHP Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence conducts investigations on auto theft, cargo theft, driver license fraud, identity theft, title fraud, odometer fraud, and other criminal activities statewide. Additionally, FHP's two coordination units, Traffic Homicide and Criminal Interdiction, provide oversight and assistance to troops throughout the state.
Florida Highway Patrol stations are located throughout the state, from Bay County in the Panhandle to Miami-Dade County in the southern most part of the state. The FHP has nine troops covering Florida's sixty-seven counties and a tenth troop responsible for patrolling Florida's Turnpike. Additionally, FHP has two troops, covering north and south regions of the state, dedicated to commercial vehicle enforcement.
The Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy is located in Tallahassee, Florida. Recruits receive 28 weeks of classroom and hands-on training that addresses topics such as legal issues, interpersonal communications, crime scene and criminal investigations, DUI and crash investigations, and traffic stops. It also includes training in high liability areas of firearms, defensive tactics, law, first aid, and vehicle operations. The FHP Training Academy curriculum exceeds Florida Department of Law Enforcement standards and trooper recruits are required to achieve an 80% or greater on all written exams. Upon graduation from the academy, new troopers are assigned to field training officers for 10 weeks, during which they must demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities prior to being released to perform solo patrol duties.
In Fiscal Year 2020-21, the Florida Highway Patrol responded to 69.14% of calls for service within 30 minutes. This falls short of the department's standard of 85%. During this period, the majority of troopers' time (67.15%) was spent on patrol and investigation activities. This falls short of the department's standard of 75%. The department cited several factors as affecting these performance measures, including extremely high trooper retirement, resignation, and attrition and COVID-19 isolation protocols.
Texting While Driving Report, February 2021Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Impaired Driving Campaign Report, January 2022, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Red-Light Camera Summary Report Fiscal Year 2020-2021, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Seat Belt Violations 2020 Annual Report, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports including driver, vehicle, and crash statistics are available on the departments' resource page.
Websites of Interest
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Cabinet and Legislature Reports & Statistics
Florida Transportation Commission
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Official Directory of State Patrol & Police
American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, Law Enforcement