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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner James T. Moore has appointed Sheriff Ken Jenne to chair the new Southeast Florida Regional Anti-Terrorism Task Force. FDLE Regional Director Doyle Jourdan will co-chair. Establishing regional task forces was one of FDLE’s recommendations to Governor Bush, who asked the agency to evaluate Florida’s readiness to respond to terrorist incidents.

The task force is one of seven set up around the state. It will be comprised of law enforcement, fire rescue, medical and other emergency preparedness experts from Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. The task force will act as a regional oversight board and will develop an emergency response plan for the four-county area. Like other regional task forces, its responsibilities will include detecting and preventing potential terrorist threats, collecting and sharing investigative information, conducting security surveys, training and promoting better public awareness.

The first task force meeting will be held Friday, October 12th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. The meeting will be closed to the public, but Sheriff Jenne and Director Jourdan will be available to answer media questions at noon.

This report by: Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations

Posted At: 10/09/2001 01:12 PM

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