Two FDLE Special Agents in Charge Earn Homeland Security Master’s Degree

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Special Agents in Charge (SAC) Dominick Pape and Don Ladner earned their master’s degree in Homeland Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) on Sept. 26, 2008 in Monterey, Calif. Both men have extensive law enforcement experience and currently hold leadership roles in the state’s homeland security structure.

SAC Ladner has served in law enforcement for 27 years, 13 of which have been with FDLE. SAC Ladner was formerly the Homeland Security Advisor for Florida and supervised FDLE’s domestic security and intelligence programs. He now oversees the FDLE Tallahassee Regional Operations Center and is co-chair of the North Florida Domestic Security Task Force.

SAC Pape has 26 years of law enforcement experience, 20 of which have been with FDLE. SAC Pape is currently in charge of the FDLE Jacksonville Regional Operations Center and co-chair for the Florida’s Northeast Domestic Security Task Force. He also serves as chair for the Florida Domestic Security Law Enforcement Response Funding Committee.

During the 18-month online and in-residence program, SACs Pape and Ladner collaborated with homeland security officials from across the nation on current policy, strategy, and organizational design challenges. They also completed research papers and wrote a thesis.

“The duties of these SACs are critical to Florida’s anti-terror campaign,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “Their specialized, advanced education will serve our state well.”

The program’s curriculum is structured to provide the graduates with the knowledge and skills to develop strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism; build the organizational arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security, including local/state/federal, civil-military and interagency cooperation; and to make improvements in homeland security preparedness by conducting “real world,” actionable policy development work. Scenario-based exercises were conducted in a detailed, fully built-out city in cyberspace

CHDS is among the nation’s premier providers of homeland security graduate and executive-level education and has developed a cadre of graduate education programs and resources to facilitate the emerging discipline of homeland security. The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to provide relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of the U.S. and Allied armed forces, and to enhance the security of the United States. NPS students come from all U.S. services and the services of more than 60 countries.

For more information, contact:

Sharon L. Gogerty
FDLE Public Information Officer Jacksonville/Orlando

Michael Morrison
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Pensacola
(850) 410-8258