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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 321
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F.S. 321.04
321.04 Personnel of the highway patrol; rank classifications; probationary status of new patrol officers; subsistence; special assignments.
(1) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall employ patrol officers, as authorized by the Legislature in appropriating funds for their salaries exclusive of those members of the patrol who are assigned to and paid by special departments; and shall establish the necessary supervisory ranks within the Florida Highway Patrol to efficiently supervise and carry out the designated functions of the patrol and the department in accordance with the regulations established by the Department of Management Services.
(2) Each person who is employed as a patrol officer shall be carried on a probationary status for the period of 1 year from date of employment, during which period he or she may be dismissed without recourse. Patrol officers when sent on special detail or missions out of their regular assigned territories or headquarters shall be reimbursed for travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061.
(3)(a) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall assign one patrol officer to the office of the Governor; said patrol officer so assigned shall be selected by the Governor and shall have rank and pay not less than that of a lieutenant of the Florida Highway Patrol, and said patrol officer so assigned shall be paid by said department from the appropriation made to said department; said patrol officer shall have and receive all other benefits provided for in this chapter or any other statute now in existence or hereinafter enacted.
1(b) For the 2023-2024 fiscal year only, upon the request of the Governor, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall assign one or more patrol officers to the office of the Lieutenant Governor for security services. This paragraph expires July 1, 2024.
(4) Upon request of the Attorney General, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall assign one or more patrol officers to the Office of the Attorney General for security services.
1(5) For the 2023-2024 fiscal year only, the assignment of a patrol officer by the department shall include a Cabinet member specified in s. 4, Art. IV of the State Constitution if deemed appropriate by the department or in response to a threat and upon written request of such Cabinet member. This subsection expires July 1, 2024.
History.s. 4, ch. 19551, 1939; CGL 1940 Supp. 4151(618); s. 4, ch. 20451, 1941; s. 1, ch. 24151, 1947; s. 2, ch. 26800, 1951; s. 2, ch. 28125, 1953; s. 1, ch. 29816, 1955; s. 1, ch. 31393, 1956; s. 1, ch. 57-286; s. 1, ch. 59-114; s. 1, ch. 61-253; s. 1, ch. 63-169; s. 19, ch. 63-400; s. 1, ch. 67-44; s. 1, ch. 67-183; ss. 1-3, ch. 69-194; s. 25, ch. 69-353; ss. 24, 31, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 72-33; s. 114, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 1, ch. 94-81; s. 919, ch. 95-148; ss. 109, 110, ch. 2016-62; s. 48, ch. 2017-71; s. 2, ch. 2017-155; s. 76, ch. 2018-10; s. 95, ch. 2019-116; s. 86, ch. 2020-114; s. 49, ch. 2021-37; s. 70, ch. 2022-157; s. 62, ch. 2023-240.
1Note.Section 62, ch. 2023-240, amended paragraph (3)(b) and subsection (5) “[i]n order to implement Specific Appropriation 2722 of the 2023-2024 General Appropriations Act.”