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Active Assailant Response Policy

On April 3, 2023, Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 543 into law. This legislation became Ch. 2023-018, Laws of Florida, and in part requires each law enforcement agency in this state to have a written active assailant response policy by October 1, 2023. This policy is to be consistent with your agency’s response capabilities and include response procedures specifying command protocol and coordination with other law enforcement agencies in your geographic region. Each agency is to ensure that all sworn personnel have been trained on the agency’s existing active assailant response policy, and that sworn personnel are trained within 180 days after enacting a new or revised policy. Furthermore, each agency is to ensure that all sworn personnel receive annual training on the policy.


  Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School Public Safety Commission-Active Assailant Model Policy


NOTE: This law does not authorize or require FDLE to review or approve individual active assailant response policies. MSD model policy is provided above for your review.


In accordance with section 943.6873, F.S., Active Assailant Response Policy, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is required to provide a report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives identifying each law enforcement agency that has not complied with the requirements of this statute by January 1, 2024.


Therefore, pursuant to section 943.6873 F.S., the below certification form is provided for your convenience. The form must be submitted no later than Sunday, October 1, 2023. Form submissions or any questions should be sent to AssailantResponsePolicy@fdle.state.fl.us


   Active Assailant Certification Form

Available Resources

Mass Violence Advisory Initiative

Peer-to-Peer Advisory Team


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