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FDLE’s Services Consistent With Its Mission; Salaries Vary; and Staffing Levels Comparable to Other Law Enforcement Agencies, Report No. 06-19, February 2006
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  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement current activities conform to its mission.  Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Legislature has expanded FDLE’s scope of services to include domestic security and the Capitol Police.  Investigations and forensic analyses compose the bulk of the agency’s activities. 
  • Although it is consistent with FDLE’s mission, national research has concluded that the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program is ineffective.  The Legislature should consider redirecting the program’s $515,000 in state funds to other activities.
  • Compared to other law enforcement units within Florida, FDLE entry-level investigator salaries are higher, reflecting their greater experience level.  Salaries of Capitol Police officers are in the low to mid-range, and FDLE leadership, regional director, and program director salaries are in the mid-range when compared to those of counterparts in other states.  FDLE’s span-of-control is comparable to that of other law enforcement units.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science
Criminal Justice Professionalism Services
Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice Information Services
Capitol Police
Domestic Security

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-30 The Legislature and the Department of Health Have Strengthened Public Health Preparedness, published in May 2007.
  • Report No. 97-76 Program Evaluation and Justification Review: Florida Department of Law Enforcement, published in June 1998.

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