Domestic Security
In the years since September 11, 2001, FDLE has continued its commitment to domestic security in Florida. FDLE is guided in this effort by Florida Statute 943.0311, which established the Chief of Domestic Security and the duties of the department. The Chief of Domestic Security oversees the efforts of the department in an ongoing assessment of the state’s vulnerability and coordinates efforts to prepare for, prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism that affect the state. As a critical component of Florida’s multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional approach, FDLE has engaged in numerous activities and initiatives that support our collective vision of keeping Florida safe. Working alongside the Office of Domestic Security in support of this vision are specialists in the areas of intelligence gathering, information sharing and protection of Florida’s critical infrastructure and key resources. Together, these FDLE professionals advance the goal of establishing coordinated, positive and functional relationships with federal, state, county and municipal agencies. The Florida Domestic Security Strategic Plan is the blueprint by which these activities and initiatives are organized and executed within this framework.

OUR VISION
Florida: working together for a safe and secure future.

OUR MISSION
Strengthen our coordinated capability to prepare, prevent, protect, mitigate, respond and recover from all hazards through interdisciplinary and interagency consensus and commitment to build and rely on a strong regional collaboration.

In support of our vision and mission, FDLE along with Florida’s domestic security partners have established six (6) goals:
  • Goal 1: PREPARE for all hazards, natural or man-made, to include terrorism.
  • Goal 2: PREVENT, preempt and deter acts of terrorism.
  • Goal 3: PROTECT our citizens, residents, visitors and critical infrastructure against threats and hazards.
  • Goal 4: MITIGATE the impact of incidents and events to reduce the loss of life, property and the environment.
  • Goal 5: RESPOND in an immediate, effective, and coordinated manner, focused on the victims of the attack.
  • Goal 6: RECOVER quickly and effectively to restore our way of life following an incident or event.

The purpose of these goals is to establish a planned, deliberate and comprehensive effort in support of domestic security in Florida. This plan remains a working document that is revisited and reprioritized based on current conditions, federal guidance and available funding. Decisions regarding projects and initiatives to support the strategic plan are made through Florida’s governance structure which includes the Regional Domestic Security Task Forces (RDSTFs), the State Working Group on Domestic Preparedness (SWG), and the Domestic Security Oversight Council (DSOC), which are all described under the Organization section of this website.