Quick Facts

Our Mission

To promote public safety and strengthen domestic security by providing services in partnership with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies to prevent, investigate, and solve crimes while protecting Florida’s citizens and visitors.


Our 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. In addition, the department formally coordinates boards, councils, and commissions. 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.


Our People

FDLE employs about 1,800 members statewide.  More information about employment at FDLE can be found here.


Our Budget

FDLE's annual budget is more than $300 million. Read more about FDLE’s current budget here.


Our Structure

The head of the department is the Governor and Florida Cabinet (Attorney GeneralChief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture). The Commissioner (Executive Director) is appointed by the Governor, with approval from the Cabinet, and confirmed by the Florida Senate.


Our Locations

The department provides services across the state. Agency headquarters is in Tallahassee and there are seven regional operations centers located in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Fort Myers and Miami.


Our History

FDLE was established in 1967. See our History Web site for more details on our evolution and achievements over the years.


Our Fundamental Values

FDLE is committed to "Service, Integrity, Respect and Quality." Click here to learn more about our values.


Our Code of Ethics

In 2007, Governor Charlie Crist signed an Executive Order calling for all state agencies to adopt and implement a Code of Ethics. Click here to read FDLE’s Code of Ethics.

Our Role in Domestic Security

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, FDLE has helped lead the state's domestic security efforts. Under Section 943.0311, FS, FDLE’s Executive Director or designee serves as the Chief of Domestic Security in Florida. FDLE’s Office of Domestic Security works with federal, state, and local officials to prepare for, prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism that affect the state. Seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces (RDSTF) are strategically located around the state and are comprised of representatives from first responders from fire/rescue, emergency management, public health and hospitals, as well as law enforcement. The task forces also work in partnership with schools, businesses and private industries.The Florida Domestic Security Strategy is the blueprint or plan by which domestic security activities and initiatives are organized and executed in Florida.


Our Accolades

FDLE has earned accreditation by the National Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, and the American Society for Crime Lab Directors.


Questions about FDLE?

Read our Frequently Asked Questions page.