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Department Partners with FDLE to Bring You BusinesSafe

May 9, 2008

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, I worked in law enforcement for 32 years in Florida. I served in the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department for nearly 30 years and retired as the Assistant Chief of Police before being appointed as the Chief of Police in Oviedo. During this time, I worked in organized crime investigations, narcotics enforcement, vice, tactical operations and stalking. Now, as Interim Secretary of the Department, I still find many of the lessons that I learned in law enforcement invaluable to leading this Department. Perhaps, the most important being that of shared responsibility in an integrated community.

Just as we could not operate this Department without the cooperation and dedication of hundreds of employees who all share in our commitment to the mission, vision and values of this agency, we could not foster a healthy and productive economy without you and your business. One of our core responsibilities is to protect you, our customer, by giving you tools and educational resources to help you do business better and more safely.

Secretary DragoWith this in mind, we recently teamed up with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on a project called “BusinesSafe” which is a counter-terrorism program designed to protect citizens by bringing Florida businesses into the loop and making them aware of potential threats. The idea behind “BusinesSafe” is that Florida-based businesses, like yours, will register online to receive the free e-mail alerts about potential homeland security dangers that could affect you, your business and your community.

We feel particularly tied to this program because of the licensing and regulatory services we provide to so many Florida businesses and professionals. It is our hope that you will log-on to the “BusinesSafe” Web page at to register for the alerts.

I’ve learned through my experience in public service that education, early intervention, and the development of specialized tools, such as “BusinesSafe,” are crucial to our safety. Understanding that we all share a collective responsibility is the key. You are part of a strong community—a business community. Our business is Florida business, and it is our promise to you that we will continue to give you the best service possible. Perhaps, Helen Keller said it best, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

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Chuck Drago
Interim Secretary

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation

1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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