FDLE News


FDLE congratulates graduates of Special Agent Training Class 44 | 3/24/2023
The 28 graduates will be assigned to FDLE’s seven regions.

FDLE is on Instagram | 3/23/2023
FDLE expanded its social media presence to include Instagram (@fdlepage).

Two arrested for election crimes violations following FDLE investigation | 3/15/2023
FDLE arrested Donna Prentes Brady, 66, of Ocala, for casting more than one ballot in any election. In a separate investigation, Toye Ann La Rocca, 63, of Fort Walton Beach was arrested for false swearing of voter registration information and unqualified electors willfully voting.

FDLE’s MEPIC marks 40 years helping to find missing persons | 3/9/2023
This month marks the 40th anniversary of Florida’s Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC).   Florida was the first state in the country to establish a missing persons clearinghouse.

FDLE arrests former school board official for grand theft, official misconduct | 3/6/2023
Former Glades County Schools Finance Director Sue B. Woodward is charged with abusing her position to steal more than $15,000.

FDLE arrests Mary Esther man on possession of child sexual abuse materials | 3/1/2023
FDLE arrests Mary Esther man on possession of child sexual abuse materials

FDLE arrests Broward pastor charged with defrauding church | 3/1/2023
FDLE agents arrested James Edward Smith II, 49, of Lauderhill, on multiple charges related to fraud and grand theft involving a Pompano Beach church.  

FDLE arrests sexual predator for failing to comply with registration laws | 2/28/2023
Agents began their investigation during the Keys mass migration deployment

FDLE and law enforcement partners increasing presence in response to recent harassment against Jewish Community | 2/24/2023
At the direction of Governor DeSantis, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is surging additional resources and calling on local law enforcement agencies to address the coordinated “National Day of Hate” efforts seen across the nation.

FDLE arrests Sarasota man for possession of child sexual abuse material | 2/23/2023
FDLE arrests Sarasota man on child sexual abuse materials

FDLE lauds women and girls in science | 2/11/2023
Florida Department of Law Enforcement celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science by spotlighting the contributions made by FDLE’s forensic scientists.

Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Academy Class 34 Graduation | 2/10/2023
The 24 graduates serve crime intelligence analyst roles representing 18 criminal justice agencies throughout the state.

FDLE arrests Navarre man for promotion, transmission of child sexual abuse material | 2/9/2023
Alexander Brian Freehardt, 42, faces eight felony counts.

FDLE: autopsy confirms identity of human remains | 2/7/2023
FDLE agents discovered a body in Okeechobee County on Feburary 4, 2023.

FDLE arrests Hillsborough County man for child sexual abuse material | 2/3/2023
Roderic Lamont Cole was arrested for possession, transmission of child sexual abuse material.

FDLE, CCSO arrest St. Petersburg man, Beverly Hills woman for human trafficking of a child | 2/3/2023
Dourian Emmanuel Butler and Candy Lee Holmes are each charged on one count of human trafficking for commercial sexual activity involving a child younger than 18 years old and related crimes.

FDLE arrests Gilchrist County man for possession of child sexual abuse material | 2/3/2023
Jason Eric Fowler, 39, of Bell, is arrested on 12 counts of possession of child sexual abuse material. 

Update: Florida Medical Examiners Commission Hurricane Ian deaths | 2/3/2023
Florida District Medical Examiners report hurricane deaths to the Medical Examiners Commission (MEC) following examinations and confirming the death is storm-related.

Governor DeSantis’ Framework for Freedom Budget continues historic support for law enforcement | 2/1/2023
FDLE and law enforcement leaders throughout the state are praising Governor DeSantis' Framework for Freedom Budget for protecting Florida families, businesses and Florida’s Capitol.  
 

FDLE shares tips to keep you safe during data privacy week | 1/27/2023
Visit FDLE’s Secure Florida website for more information and tips to keep yourself, your family and your business safe at SecureFlorida.org.

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