The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Crimes Unit consists of 18 sworn law enforcement officers, divided up among various offices statewide. The Environmental Crimes Unit’s special agents, lieutenants and captain are fully constituted state of Florida law enforcement officers. The special agents are responsible for the investigation of environmental crimes and natural resource violations. Special agents also respond to natural or man-made disasters, civil disturbances, and issues regarding public safety.
The division is responsible for enforcing the environmental laws and responding to incidents where environmental impacts are reported or discovered. The division uses enforcement actions to correct environmental issues and to bring businesses, individuals and entities into compliance with Florida’s environmental laws.
The Unit works in conjunction with the Office of Emergency Response who provides technical and on-site assistance to ensure impacts to the environment and human safety are quickly and effectively addressed. Division staff respond to a variety of incidents, including petroleum spills, chemical manufacturing operation malfunctions and coastal oil spills.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.