A Director who holds the rank of Colonel commands The Florida Highway Patrol. FHP is organized
into five separate bureaus: The Bureau of Investigations is commanded by a Major, while the other four bureaus are
each commanded by a Deputy Director (Lt. Colonel): The Bureau of Field Operations North & West (Troops A, B, C,
F & H); The Bureau of Field Operations South & East (Troops D, E, G, K & L); The Bureau of Special Operations
(Training, Leadership, Program Planning, Fleet & Property, Accreditation & Policy, Aviation, Employee Selection,
Recruitment, Background Investigation, Polygraph, and Budget); and The Bureau of Law Enforcement Support
Services (EOC/Domestic Security, Communications, Lt. Governor Aide De Camp, Inspections, Auxiliary & Reserve,
Technology & Communications, Contraband Interdiction, and Traffic Homicide). Majors command nine field troops,
which are divided by regions geographically located across the state. A tenth troop handles the Florida Turnpike
operations. Troops are subdivided into 30 district headquarters, each commanded by a Captain.
FHP was created in 1939 with 60 uniformed officers.
43 (18 shot, 18 auto crashes, 5 aircraft crashes, 1 explosion, other 1)
FHP Reserve: volunteer members have the authority to bear arms and make arrests, but receive
Approximately 300 volunteer members (armed and in uniform) without arrest power, assist troopers throughout the state for no compensation.