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Title IV
Chapter 23
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F.S. 23.1231
23.1231 Florida Mutual Aid Plan; powers and duties.
(1) The Florida Mutual Aid Plan must prepare for the distribution and allocation of state resources, including the Florida National Guard, in support of the overall law enforcement mission. The plan shall be administered by the Department of Law Enforcement to implement the policy and purposes set forth in s. 23.121.
(2) The executive director of the Department of Law Enforcement acting under the Governor as the state‚Äôs chief law enforcement officer is the director of the Florida Mutual Aid Plan. The director of the Florida Mutual Aid Plan shall:
(a) Coordinate, integrate, and implement law enforcement planning and activities for the use of mutual aid and state resources;
(b) Coordinate the organization and direction of the law enforcement services of the Florida Mutual Aid Plan;
(c) Coordinate and implement the gathering and collection of information and intelligence relating to law enforcement mutual aid or assistance from state agencies to support local law enforcement agencies in any local disaster or emergency, and provide information to state and local law enforcement agencies;
(d) During a state of emergency declared by the Governor under chapter 252, command, control, and coordinate all state law enforcement personnel and equipment to support local law enforcement agencies;
(e) Act as the liaison with the Division of the Florida Highway Patrol of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in order to coordinate and integrate plans for traffic control and the participation of the department in the law enforcement operation;
(f) Serve as liaison and guide the flow of requests from local law enforcement for requesting law enforcement services from the Florida National Guard;
(g) Serve as liaison to the Governor, federal and state departments and agencies, and local law enforcement officials in order to achieve close coordination and cooperation in planning and operations in trouble areas;
(h) Guide the flow of law enforcement information from federal and state organizations to local law enforcement officials;
(i) Serve as liaison to the Attorney General in order to keep him or her informed of changes in law enforcement plans and regulations, mutual aid agreements, and current developments in all situations from a legal standpoint; and
(j) Do other things necessary for the implementation of this part.
(3) The department may:
(a) Maintain an inventory of all state and local law enforcement resources and the resources of the Florida National Guard, as directed by the director of the Florida Mutual Aid Plan;
(b) Provide technical assistance to state and local agencies in making inventories of their resources, planning, and preparing mutual aid agreements;
(c) Conduct surveys as necessary to carry out the purposes of this part; and
(d) Do other things necessary for the implementation of this act.
History.s. 3, ch. 81-142; s. 2, ch. 87-380; s. 5, ch. 92-165; s. 3, ch. 93-211; s. 87, ch. 95-147; s. 2, ch. 2013-18.