FDLE Capitol Police

Capitol Police Director Chris Connell As state law enforcement officers, the mission of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Capitol Police is to serve the safety and security needs of both the legislative and executive branches of state government. Capitol Police serve as a specially trained and highly effective security and law enforcement agency serving the Capitol Complex and Capitol Circle Office Center (CCOC). It shall be the primary responsibility of the Capitol Police to protect the security of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the members of the Cabinet, and the members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, and those employees assigned to assist such state officials in the performance of their official duties.

The safety and security of the employees of the Capitol Complex and the Capital
Circle Office Center is our priority.

To learn more about the history of the Capitol Police, please visit our History section.

 

About the Director

On December 31, 2014, FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen announced the appointment of Chris Connell as Director of Capitol Police.

Director Connell began his law enforcement career with the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) in 1986. He rose through the ranks at TPD, retiring as a major overseeing the Operations and Support Bureaus. Director Connell’s diversified law enforcement experience includes service as a patrol officer, field training officer, and investigator. Additionally, he has supervised patrol, tactical operations, and criminal and special investigations. Director Connell joined FDLE as an inspector in February 2014, and was assigned to the Mutual Aid office.

 

About the Deputy Director

Deputy Director Eric Yopp

On April 10, 2017, FDLE Commissioner Swearingen announced the appointment of Jeffrey “Mark” Glass to Deputy Director of Capitol Police.

Deputy Director Glass most recently served as the director of the Office of Statewide Intelligence. In his role, Deputy Director Glass oversaw the Florida Fusion Center and intelligence functions for the FDLE.

Prior to joining FDLE, Deputy Director Glass served as the director of security for the Florida Lottery overseeing multiple law enforcement functions, including investigations, intelligence, forensics, mutual aid, and physical security.

Deputy Director Glass has over 27 years of military service. While attending college, Deputy Director Glass was a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant with the U.S. Army Reserves. He served as an aviator for the U.S. Coast Guard and in various command and staff assignments for the Florida Army National Guard and District of Columbia Army National Guard. Deputy Director Glass currently commands the Headquarters Company of the 110th Aviation Training Brigade (AUG), U.S. Army Reserve, at Ft. Rucker, Alabama.

Deputy Director Glass graduated from the Florida Highway Patrol Academy and served as a state trooper in Florida and a criminal investigator for the state of Texas. He has been a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council.

In October 2006, Deputy Director Glass was selected to serve as the lead Office of Intelligence and Analysis representative to Florida, where he was the lead Department of Homeland Security representative to the state of Florida, Executive Office of the Governor, Florida Legislature, and Homeland Security adviser through the Florida Fusion Center.  He also served as a senior intelligence analyst supporting the National Operations Center and the Chief Intelligence Officer.