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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Interim Commissioner Richard L. Swearingen

Richard L. Swearingen was named Interim Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Dec. 16, 2014 by Governor Rick Scott. 

Commissioner Swearingen has more than 30 years of law enforcement and investigative experience.  Prior to becoming Commissioner, he was the Director of Capitol Police and a member of FDLE Command Staff where he oversaw all safety and security efforts at the Capitol Complex including protective operations services for the Governor and First Family. 

Commissioner Swearingen began his career as a crime information input technician in the arrest unit of FDLE’s Criminal Justice Information Services in 1984.  He was promoted to Special Agent Trainee in 1988 and assigned to FDLE’s Clearwater Field Office.  He has promoted through the ranks from Inspector in Investigations and Forensic Science, Office of Field Services, to Special Agent Supervisor in the Office of Statewide Intelligence.  In 2010, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Capitol Police Protective Operations and then Director of Capitol Police in 2013. 

Commissioner Swearingen graduated from Auburn University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/political science.