State Criminal Justice Profile

Florida

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $23 million* in state and local funds to Florida.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $11,779,285
Justice Assistance Grant Program—98 Local Awards $6,658,809
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $4,842,038

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Florida Department of Law Enforcement 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Florida FY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $11,779,285

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Bay County Commission 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Police Vehicle and Police Vehicle Equipment $26,269
Brevard County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Investigative Fraud Project $70,684
Broward Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $613,834
Charlotte County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Technology Enhancement and Mobile Armor Shield, Laser Forensic Light Source, Enhanced Drug Testing Program $28,370
Citrus County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Mobile Wireless Data Communications for Law Enforcement Officers for FY 2014–2015 $32,925
City of Altamonte Springs 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Maintaining Building and CJIS Security $12,148
City of Apopka 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Mugshot Retrieval and Ten-Print Card Access Initiative $15,109
City of Belle Glade 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Belle Glade Youth Empowerment Program $26,548
City of Boca Raton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Portable Speed Trailers and Message Board Project $13,109
City of Boynton Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $34,747
City of Bradenton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2015 City of Bradenton JAG—Local $27,484
City of Cape Coral 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Upgrade Aged Fingerprinting Technology Project $18,728
City of Casselberry 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 In-Car Video Initiative $13,615
City of Clearwater 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Report Review Team Program $58,283
City of Cocoa 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $28,471
City of Daytona Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Daytona Beach Juvenile Electronic Monitoring (JEM) Program $59,751
City of DeLand 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $10,629
City of Delray Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Delray Beach Police Department Holiday Robbery Task Force $40,770
City of Florida City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $21,537
City of Fort Myers 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Fort Myers Law Enforcement Programs $56,233
City of Gainesville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $112,087
City of Greenacres 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Uniform Patrol Thermal Printer Project $15,944
City of Hialeah 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Patrol Vehicles and Equipment Project $66,331
City of Homestead 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Homestead Crime Reduction Through Enforcement and Technology Project $72,607
City of Jacksonville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Crime Prevention and Intervention Initiative $400,871
City of Jacksonville Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $15,539
City of Key West 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Key West Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Local Program $14,780
City of Kissimmee 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Kissimmee Police Officer Funding Project $44,415
City of Lake City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Narcotic Unit Covert Audio/Video Project $14,349
City of Lake Worth 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Recreation Leader for City of Lake Worth’s Youth Empowerment Centers $33,102
City of Lakeland 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Domestic Abuse Response Team Project $37,253
City of Largo 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Technology and Equipment Enhancement for Improved Training, Tactical Operations, and Undercover Surveillance $32,216
City of Leesburg 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Technical Equipment Project $13,590
City of Melbourne 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Communications and Surveillance Project $52,969
City of Miami 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $369,085
City of Miami Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Mobile Surveillance Camera System Project $68,128
City of Miami Gardens 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Miami Gardens Focus on Public Safety Project $75,695
City of North Miami 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Enhanced Law Enforcement Programs $44,086
City of North Miami Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Police and Community Together (PACT) Crime Prevention Project $23,840
City of North Port 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 North Port Police Department Laptop Computer Project $12,249
City of Ocala 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Ocala Police Department Active Shooter Program $30,217
City of Ocoee 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Ocoee Police Department Tablet Program $11,591
City of Orlando 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Orlando Police Department JAG $194,185
City of Ormond Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Technology Enhancements: In-Car Digital Cameras and Body Cameras Project $16,197
City of Palatka 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of Palatka Patrol Technology Program $10,958
City of Palm Bay 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Body Cameras and Video Storage Project $42,390
City of Palmetto 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Electronic Ticketing Project $12,527
City of Panama City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Crime Scene Investigation Evidence Collection Vehicle $22,220
City of Pensacola 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhancement of Digital Evidence Management Program $32,292
City of Pinellas Park 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Equipment Replacement, Equipment Acquisition, Supplies, and Renovations Project $20,347
City of Plant City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Bodycam Equipment Project $12,831
City of Port St. Lucie 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhance Law Enforcement Capabilities $29,154
City of Riviera Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 In-Car Video Project $39,125
City of Sanford 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $25,510
City of Sarasota 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Body Cameras for Police Officers Project $36,645
City of St. Cloud 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Advanced Surveillance Technology Project $10,376
City of Tallahassee 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Continuation and Improvement of Law Enforcement Services $148,833
City of Tampa 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Crime Reduction Initiatives $166,017
City of Tarpon Springs 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Crime Prevention and Personal Safety Education Within Local Public Schools Project $10,604
City of Titusville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Reduce Property and Violent Crime $23,131
City of West Palm Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 High-Risk Incident Technology Upgrades 2014 $60,207
City of Winter Haven 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Conducted Electronic Weapons Replacement Project $20,018
Clay County Board of Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Technology Improvement Grant $52,108
Collier County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Juveniles at Risk Comprehensive Action Program $68,786
Columbia County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $17,209
Escambia County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Escambia County Sheriff Crimes Involving Firearms 2014 $143,494
Hendry County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Hendry County Sheriff’s Office—Enhancing Jail Security; Hendry County School Board—Truancy Court/Intervention; Clewiston Police Department—Mobile Wireless Computing $16,096
Hernando County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Rapid ID and Printers $38,569
Highlands County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Contractual Services for Behavioral Health Court Project $13,742
Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Hillsborough County Criminal Justice Local Initiatives $187,731
Indian River County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Information Technology Project $24,877
Jackson County Board of Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Workstation Upgrade Project $11,768
Lake County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Program $40,720
Lee County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Information Technology Disaster Recovery Program $95,814
Manatee County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Manatee County Probation Pre-Trial Screeners Program and Juvenile Detention Intake Screener Program $115,478
Marion County Board of County Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Marion County JAG Initiative $96,472
Martin County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Martin County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit—Traffic Video Pursuit and Evidentiary Program $25,305
Miami-Dade County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Miami-Dade Police Department 2014 JAG Program—Enhanced Police Operations $503,265
Monroe County Board of County Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Monroe County Drug Court Medical Director Initiative $12,628
Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Significant Incident Response Enhancements $41,859
Okeechobee County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Law Enforcement Technology FY 2014 $14,172
Orange County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $395,784
Osceola County Board of County Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement and Corrections Programs $63,345
Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Criminal Justice Commission Initiatives $164,802
Pasco County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Pasco County Sheriff’s Office JAG Gang Suppression Project $94,599
Pinellas County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Pinellas County JAG 2014 Program $268,057
Polk County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Polk County Public Safety Enhancement Project $94,549
Putnam County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 DOJ JAG 2014–2015 $33,659
Santa Rosa County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Traffic Radar Project $16,096
Sarasota County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Juvenile Assessment Center Program $53,247
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 SWAT Tactical Gear Project $45,275
St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Corrections Security Response Team (SRT) Project $37,860
St. Lucie County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement and Technology Project $56,234
Town of Cutler Bay 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Crime Prevention and Education Program $13,261
Village of Wellington 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Purchase and Installation of Surveillance Cameras $10,427
Volusia County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Special Event Law Enforcement Overtime $62,256
Walton County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Enhanced Communications Project $11,996
Winter Garden Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Electronic Evidence Capacity Improvement Project $13,514

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Broward Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Broward Sheriff’s Office—Zero Tolerance Effective Rape Reduction Operation $250,000
City of Jacksonville 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Duval County Adult Drug Court and Mental Health Court Enhancement $299,975
Florida Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Pinellas SMART Reentry Probation $750,000
Florida Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Changing the Culture: Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault Program—Phase 2 $497,835
Florida Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Miami-Dade County Reentry Center and Portal Replication Initiative (RCPRI) $750,000
Florida Department of Education 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Florida John R. Justice Repayment Program $42,610
Florida Department of Law Enforcement 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Florida FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $553,172
Miami-Dade County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Miami-Dade County FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning and Implementation $1,000,000
Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners 10/01/2010 – 09/30/2015 Pinellas County Reentry Court $350,000
Seminole County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Seminole County Veterans Treatment Court Implementation Project $348,446

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 345

Sworn Officers: 42,346

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 60% of the 345 law enforcement agencies in Florida have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 82% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 34 officers were feloniously killed (2 in 2013) and 34 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 6,056 officers were assaulted (12.15% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Florida:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 94,087 91,986 -2.2
Murder and Manslaughter 1,009 972 -3.7
Forcible Rape* 5,260 11,482 N/A
Robbery 23,889 23,200 -2.9
Aggravated Assault 63,929 61,054 -4.5
Property Crime 632,988 607,172 -4.1
Burglary 153,563 138,916 -9.5
Larceny-Theft 442,095 433,344 -2.0
Motor Vehicle Theft 37,330 34,912 -6.5
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (904,135) decreased 5.83% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 2.51% (40,567), and property-related arrests decreased 2.06% (122,990).*
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

*

The arrest category for all other offenses for Florida also includes the arrest counts for offenses against the family and children, drunkenness, disorderly conduct, vagrancy, suspicion, curfew and loitering law violations, and runaways.

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    District Courts of Appeal
General Jurisdiction:    Circuit Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    County Court

Corrections

Prisoner Admissions: 33,613
Prisoner Releases: 32,855
Total Prisoners: 103,028

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 55
Recidivism Rate*: 26.3%
Top Offenses: Burglary, drug offenses, murder/manslaughter (FY 2014)

Source: Florida Department of Corrections
*Recidivism is defined as inmates released from Florida prison who return to Florida prison within 3 years. This does not include the number of inmates who return to county jails, federal prisons, or prisons in other states.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), a RISS Center, serves Florida. There are 125 Florida criminal justice agencies that are members of ROCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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Highlights

In Florida, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Approximately 54 task forces, multijurisdictional task forces, and 22 specialty and problem-solving courts.

  • Pinellas County Jail Diversion Expansion, a 1-year subgrant for assessments, treatment, and case management for the Pinellas County Mentally Ill Jail Diversion Program. The program provides ex-offenders who have mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders with treatment and case management assistance immediately upon their release from jail or prison.

  • Dade County Intensive Day-Night Treatment Program, a substance abuse treatment center and transitional living facility. The program, through a 1-year subgrant, aims to address the unique needs of females who are arrested and charged with prostitution or are at high risk for prostitution-related offenses and have an identified substance abuse problem.

  • Broward Addiction Recovery Center’s Youth Force Program. Through a 1-year subgrant, this program serves at-risk youth ages 11 to 15 who exhibit risk factors for substance abuse, risky sexual behavior, criminal activity, or dropping out of school.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Richard L. Swearingen, Commissioner
http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/

Florida At-A-Glance

Total Population: 19,552,860
Population Under 18: 4,026,674
Population Over 65: 3,647,617

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Richard L. Swearingen, Commissioner

Local Governments: 1,650
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 2
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: Lee Bentley—Middle District of Florida, Tampa Christopher P. Canova—Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Wifredo A. Ferrer—Southern District of Florida, Miami Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Florida Department of Law Enforcement Donna Uzzell, Homeland Security Advisor http://www.fdle.state.fl.us

Drug Courts: 117
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center