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Department of Environmental Protection

Law Enforcement

What is the purpose of the program?

The purpose of the division is to investigate and enforce certain environmental crimes and laws. The division also works with local public safety officials and emergency contractors to reduce environmental threats.

How is the division structured?

The division is made up of the Environmental Crimes Unit and the Office of Emergency Response. 

The Environmental Crimes Unit performs inspections and enforces environmental laws to ensure compliance.

The Office of Emergency Response works with the Environmental Crimes Unit and provides quick and effective responses on-site to environmental and human safety threats.

What activities does the program perform?

The responsibilities of the division include
  • support and response for oil spills, hazardous spills, and natural disasters;
  • law enforcement patrol and investigative services for all state-owned lands managed by the department;
  • investigating environmental crimes; and
  • enforcement services for civil violations related to the Division of Recreation and Parks, the Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, and the Office of Greenways and Trails.  


How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions


Memorandum of Agreement. In July 2019 the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which transferred FWC law enforcement personnel to DEP to enforce environmental crimes laws outlined in Ch. 2019-141, Laws of Florida.


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
The Department of Environmental Protection's Office of the Inspector General reports are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Enforcement Program
U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Section 20.255, and Chs161, 258, 373, 376, 377, 378, and 403, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Department of Environmental Protection, 850-245-2118