The mission of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Homeland Security Unit (HSU) is to prevent, prepare, protect, defend and recover from terrorist incidents. The HSU attempts to accomplish this mission through a multi-pronged approach.
After 9/11 the State of Florida developed a statewide domestic security strategy. Based on this strategy the state was divided into seven geographical regions by the Governor. Each region had designated leadership to carry the strategy forward. Sheriff Larry Campbell was named as the co-chair of Region 2 which encompasses 13 counties. Sheriff Campbell has continued to demonstrate his leadership in this area as Regional Domestic Security Task Force co-chair since that day.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office Homeland Security Unit remains actively engaged with the State Of Florida Domestic Security Strategy on the state level. Several members of the HSU sit as voting members on statewide committees and some hold leadership positions on those committees. Sheriff Campbell has made a strong commitment to the state strategy and believes we should always have a seat at the table when it comes to domestic security.
In addition to policy making on the state level the HSU is tasked with investigating all incidents related to domestic security that occur in the region. The HSU works in conjunction with all the RDSTF partners as well our partners at the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
We all know that the sharing of information is critical in protecting the homeland. Based on that theory we have assigned under the HSU an analyst from the North Florida Fusion Exchange, the regional intelligence fusion center. The analyst works closely with the other agencies in the region to look at trends and information from a regional perspective. This information is then vetted and disseminated based on the need. The Regional Law Enforcement Exchange (RLEX) is also housed in the Homeland Security Unit. RLEX is a program that will allow law enforcement agencies in the region to download their records to a central location in order for those records to be queried by other agencies. This will then merge into the Florida Law Enforcement Exchange (FLEX).
The HSU is also tasked with coordinating the State Homeland Security Grant Program awards received in Region 2. This program has assisted the entire region in numerous disciplines including; law enforcement, fire, health, emergency management, emergency medical services, agriculture, critical infrastructure and campus security.