Richard Swearingen is Presented with the Distinguished Service Award


(From Left to Right) Van Godsey, LEIU General Chairman; Commissioner Richard Swearingen, Florida Department of Law Enforcement; and Ryan Burchnell, LEIU Eastern Zone Chairman Richard L. Swearingen was named Interim Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on December 16, 2014 by Governor Rick Scott and unanimously approved by the Cabinet on January 13, 2015. Commissioner Swearingen is a longtime veteran of the agency.

Commissioner Swearingen has more than 30 years of law enforcement and investigative experience. Prior to becoming Commissioner, he was the Director of Capitol Police and a member of FDLE Command Staff where he oversaw all safety and security efforts at the Capitol Complex including protective operations services for the Governor and First Family.

Commissioner Swearingen began his career as a crime information input technician in the arrest unit of FDLE’s Criminal Justice Information Services in 1984. He was promoted to Special Agent Trainee in 1988 and assigned to FDLE’s Clearwater Field Office. He has promoted through the ranks from Inspector in Investigations and Forensic Science, Office of Field Services, to Special Agent Supervisor in the Office of Statewide Intelligence. In 2010, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Capitol Police Protective Operations and then Director of Capitol Police in 2013.

Commissioner Swearingen is a council member of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking led by the Florida Attorney General Office. The 15-member Council will build on existing state and local partnerships working to combat human trafficking. Members include law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legislators, as well as experts in the fields of health, education, and social services.

Commissioner Swearingen graduated from Auburn University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/political science.