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Career Information

Capitol Police is a uniformed patrol division with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) charged with the safety and security needs of both the legislative and executive branches of state government. This includes the enormous responsibility of protecting the security of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, members of the Cabinet, the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as those employees assigned to assist these state officials in the performance of their official duties. Capitol Police is also responsible for ensuring access to buildings and premises within the Capitol Complex, thereby providing continuous operation of the government of the state of Florida.

Capitol Police, at full staffing, consists of 120 members. There are 93 sworn law enforcement personnel, 10 communication officers and 14 administrative personnel.

Capitol Police is located in Tallahassee, the Capital of the state of Florida. All law enforcement officers are assigned to Tallahassee. Capitol Police is a professional state law enforcement agency, consisting of a patrol division, and specialized units such as: Directed Patrol, EOD, K-9, Honor Guard, Investigations, Protective Operation Section, and Special Operations Team. Opportunities in specialized units are available upon completion of one-year probation.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Priorities

FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.