Cabinet Recognizes FDLE for 40 Years of Service to Florida

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) will be honored with a resolution from Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet Tuesday morning for 40 years of service to the state of Florida. FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey will be joined by former commissioners to accept the resolution during the 9 a.m. Cabinet meeting at the state Capitol.

"We are honored that the Governor and Cabinet are recognizing FDLE for its long standing service and commitment to the state of Florida," FDLE Commissioner Bailey said. "I am proud of the work our men and women have done throughout the department's 40-year history and we will continue to embrace the most proactive and progressive tools and technologies to make Florida a safer place for our citizens and visitors."

The following former commissioners will attend the Cabinet meeting: Commissioner James "Jim" York (1979-1982), Commissioner Frederick Johns (1982), Commissioner James T. "Tim" Moore (1988-2003), and Commissioner Daryl McLaughlin (2003).

FDLE was formed Oct.1, 1967 when the Florida Legislature merged the duties and responsibilities of the Florida Sheriffs Bureau, the State Narcotics Bureau, and the law enforcement activities of the Anti-Bookie Squad of the Attorney General's Office to create the Bureau of Law Enforcement. The Bureau began with 94 positions and a $1.5 million budget. In 1969, the Florida Legislature changed the agency name to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Today, FDLE employs over 2,000 members across the state and has a $309 million budget.

Throughout its 40-year history, FDLE has evolved into a highly regarded state law enforcement agency and has made tremendous contributions to improving public safety in Florida. The agency has advanced crime-fighting capabilities in Florida, implementing sophisticated information and intelligence sharing systems to help facilitate communication between criminal justice agencies.

Over the last four decades, FDLE has aggressively combated violent crime and economic crime, developed new programs to thwart drug trafficking and pharmaceutical fraud, and pioneered initiatives to crack cold cases, track down fugitives, and apprehend criminals in cyber space. Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, FDLE has helped lead the state's domestic security efforts, coordinating the work of Florida's seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces and bolstering the state's prevention and response capabilities.

FDLE has worked aggressively to protect Florida's children, establishing the country's first Missing Children Information Clearinghouse, creating award winning Child Abduction Response Teams, and making Florida first in the nation to institute a statewide Amber Plan. Florida was also the first state to make sexual offender/predator information available to citizens online.

In forensics, FDLE has established a widely respected crime laboratory system that employs state of the art forensic techniques to analyze thousands of pieces of evidence each year. FDLE's DNA database is a national leader in the number of investigations assisted.

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.

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Cabinet Recognizes FDLE's 40th Anniversary
The Capitol
Cabinet Meeting Room
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact:

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001