Governor Ron DeSantis today sent a letter to Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Rick Swearingen directing FDLE to prioritize the establishment of a threat analysis strategy to ensure that every government entity coordinates and cooperates in identifying and stopping persons on the pathway toward violence from committing such acts.
“Florida has experienced many senseless acts of mass violence over the last few years and it must end now,” said Governor DeSantis. “The acts at Pulse Nightclub, the Fort Lauderdale Airport, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Jacksonville Landing, the yoga studio in Tallahassee and just a few weeks ago, the SunTrust Bank in Sebring have all been avoidable tragedies. We live in a new era of policing as authorities now have analytical tools they can follow that will impede further violence.”
Modern law enforcement requires thorough analysis of information available through various mediums in the public domain as well as through various state and local government entities. It is a priority of Governor DeSantis for Florida to become a national leader in intelligence-led policing by establishing a comprehensive threat assessment strategy to identify persons who are on the pathway toward violence and to prevent tragedies from occurring.
To accomplish this, FDLE will establish training in threat assessment techniques through the Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission for law enforcement entities throughout the state. In addition, FDLE will coordinate with local law enforcement, utilizing the Regional Domestic Security Task Forces to assist law enforcement and aide them in implementing their own threat assessment strategies.
For a PDF copy of the letter Governor DeSantis sent to FDLE Commissioner Swearingen, click HERE.