Division of Law Enforcement

Colonel Curtis Brown, Director
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600


Protecting Florida’s natural resources and people through proactive and responsive law enforcement services.


  • Protects Florida’s fish, wildlife and habitats to ensure their long-term well-being and continued viability for educational, recreational and commercial activities.
  • Safeguards public safety and enriches the outdoor experience of residents and visitors.
  • Enforces laws to protect the resources of Florida and the safety of people using these resources when hunting, boating, freshwater and saltwater fishing, visiting state parks, viewing wildlife, fishing commercially or processing seafood.
  • Conducts search-and-rescue missions to protect the public statewide – saving about 1,000 people each year.
  • Enforces boating and waterway laws and promotes educational activities to enhance boating safety for residents and visitors.
  • Enhances boating safety and waterway experiences through maintenance and repair of 200 boat ramps, construction of new boat ramps and placement and maintenance of waterway markers.
  • Offers what is often the sole law enforcement presence in
    remote areas of the state.
  • Specialized training, capabilities and equipment enable officers to respond to emergencies, disasters and other critical incidents through coordinated efforts with local, state and federal mutual-aid partners.
  • Supports domestic and homeland security initiatives in Florida’s ports.
  • Encourages the next generation of conservationists and enhances outdoor experiences through education, public outreach partnerships and youth-oriented programs.

Division of Law Enforcement sections

Law Enforcement Operations

This section oversees law enforcement services throughout the FWC’s six regions. The officers and investigators protect fish, wildlife and their habitats as well as Florida’s residents and visitors. They provide service on Florida’s waters and state-owned lands, including wildlife management areas, state parks and forests. FWC investigators conduct uniform and plainclothes investigations and target commercial violators through long-term undercover investigations. They are also responsible for inspecting wildlife facilities and investigating hunting and boating accidents and environmental crimes.

This section also coordinates all aviation assets, offshore federal and state fisheries enforcement and K-9 and Special Operations Group activities.

Law Enforcement Chief of Staff


Boating and Waterways

Employees manage state waterways and their markers and signs. They coordinate the removal of derelict vessels and the development of boating infrastructure. They promote boating safety through education and outreach, and investigation and analysis of boating accident data. Staff also improves and increases boating access to Florida’s waters through two grant programs. 

Policy and Planning

Staff provides proactive solutions for situations within the Division of Law Enforcement and FWC to increase employee effectiveness and efficiency. This is accomplished through strategic and operational planning, policy development and communication, legislative affairs, accreditation, continuous improvement, performance-based budgeting, rules review, staff inspections and disciplinary management. 

Financial Management Section

Staff members in this section manage the financial issues for the division.

Law Enforcement Programs


Staff provides direction and oversight to investigators in each of the six regions for captive wildlife and long-term undercover, environmental crimes and commercial resource investigations. This section also oversees the Internet Crimes Unit, forensics program and the Wildlife Alert program.


This section manages division hiring and provides professional basic recruit, advanced training and career development programs to officers statewide. Staff trains FWC officers in nontraditional policing as well as basic law enforcement and sees to it that standards are maintained. 


To ensure safe outdoor experiences for Florida’s residents and visitors, this section provides intelligence information to officers in the field and coordinates with other agencies and entities. It also uses the division’s unique capabilities, assisting with coordination of mutual-aid efforts with local, state and federal partners. This section also responds during critical emergencies, including environmental and natural disasters. 

Support Services

These services support the officers in the field by ensuring they have the best operating patrol fleet and technological equipment available to law enforcement. They also manage data entry of arrest and warning citations, a computer-aided dispatch system and the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System.

Division of Law Enforcement budget summary

Funding Source FTE FTE Salaries Other Costs
GR   $22,637,012 $3,520,107
FGTF   $5,408,015 $16,652,500
FPRMTF   $345,199 $0
MRCTF   $34,974,470 $14,264,761
NWTF   $318,799 $1,256,802
SGTF   $888,242 $4,439,749
LATF   $11,839,463 $790,705
Total operating   $76,411,200 $40,924,624
Fixed capital outlay
Boating Improvement   $0 $1,842,600
Boating infrastructure   $0 $3,800,000 
Total budget 1,051.0 $76,411,200 $46,567,224 

Glossary of funding sources

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