Miami-Dade County Mayor announces updates to public safety leadership
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava recently announced updates to the public safety leadership overseeing the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR), Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) and Medical Examiner. Since February 2022, Ramirez has served as interim Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing MDPD, MDFR and the Medical Examiner. Since February, Patterson has served on special assignment overseeing MDCR, bringing his extensive experience in public safety to advance critical reforms to the county’s correctional facilities. George A. Perez, who has served since February as the interim director of Miami-Dade Police Department, will take on a special assignment as assistant director, overseeing police operations in the Corrections Department. He will work closely with Chief Patterson to ensure transparency and accountability within corrections.communitynewspapers.com
After Doral dumping arrests, MDPD director praises those who film environmental crimes
The director of the Miami-Dade Police Department is praising people who film environmental crimes in action after a woman’s cell phone video of a truck dumping dirty water into a Doral lake led to the arrests of two employees in charge of a Cutler Bay company.
Officer faces probe for telling Black driver, ‘This is how you guys get killed’
While it remains unclear whether the White officer’s comment to Gerardson Nicolas amounted to a threat or an observation on seatbelt safety, the Miami-Dade Police Department announced that the motorcycle officer is being investigated after video of the incident went viral.washingtonpost.com
Miami-Dade police make drug bust after anonymous tip of suspicious activity
Five subjects were detained Friday morning after the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Kendall Crime Suppression Team received a Crime Stoppers tip that suspicious activity was occurring in the rear parking lot of a shopping center on Sunset Drive.
Caretaker, partner accused of defrauding woman with dementia out of about $130,000
A woman who works as a caretaker and her partner have been arrested and charged with multiple crimes after they defrauded a 69-year-old woman who is blind and has dementia out of about $130,000, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office confirmed on Friday.
Man selling stolen guns was behind 3 burglaries in Three Lakes, police say
A burglar broke into three homes in south Miami-Dade County’s Three Lakes neighborhood through the back glass doors and poured liquids to try to get rid of forensic evidence before leaving, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Photos from third night of spring break curfew as South Beach shifts party to mainland
The midnight curfew in Miami Beach south of Dade Boulevard brought another evening of thinned out crowds Saturday on Ocean Drive as visitors and locals headed across Biscayne Bay for clubs in downtown Miami, Wynwood and beyond.news.yahoo.com
Little Bear Big Heart donates 100 Teddy bears to MDPD
The not-for-profit organization Little Bear Big Heart made its first delivery of 100 Teddy bears to the Miami-Dade Police Department on Feb 28. Little Bear Big Heart’s mission is to educate the public about the importance of helping comfort abused, neglected, abandoned and traumatized individuals, especially children. The organization provides lovable Teddy bears to Family Court judge’s chambers, police patrol cars and fire trucks for distribution to those experiencing challenges. “The bears are specially made to soak up tears and give warm hugs,” said Addy Villanueva, president of Little Bear Big Heart. For more information and to donate a bear, visit www.Donatebear.com.communitynewspapers.com
University Credit Union employees undergo active shooter training
The staff of University Credit Union has a pretty good idea after participating in a recent active shooter exercise. The FIU Police Department and Miami-Dade Police Department’s Priority Response Team provided the training at the West Kendall branch of the University Credit Union in December. “Our West Kendall team, along with managers from our three branch offices took part in the active shooter training,” said Michael J. Welch Sr., University Credit Union president/CEO. “Our first training experience was in 2017 and we’ve held bi-annual active shooter classroom training and updates each year ever since.”According to Welch, the “live” active shooter experience is important in allowing his team to be better prepared through hands-on training in the actual workplace. “Practicing the active shooter response of ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ quickly brings home the seriousness and intensity that accompanies a real situation,” Welch said.communitynewspapers.com
Miami-Dade Police host blood drive across South Florida in hopes of saving officer in critical condition
The “Big Red Bus,” a mobile blood donation center by OneBlood, will be parked at multiple locations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties from Wednesday through Thursday as the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) and other agencies host blood drives for MDPD Canine Officer Francisco “Frank” Sangineto.
Remembering 9/11: Miami-Dade police, firefighters and officials gather to honor those who made ultimate sacrifice
The Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the U.S. Southern Command hosted a remembrance ceremony for all those law enforcement officers and firefighters that gave their all on September 11th, 2001.
‘Chill out!’ Disruptive passenger gets taped to his seat on a flight to Miami
An unruly 22-year-old Frontier Airlines passenger was taped to his seat Saturday after he inappropriately touched a flight attendant and yelled that his family is worth millions on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami.sun-sentinel.com
Fire rescue crews leave site of Surfside condo collapse after month-long response
Miami-Dade County announced on Friday that fire rescue crews who have been at the site of the Surfside condo collapse since the night of the tragedy will be handing over the remainder of the recovery effort to Miami-Dade Police.news.yahoo.com
Board chair blames mass shooting on public servants who ‘fell asleep at the wheel’
A recent mass shooting during a rapper’s album release party was the focus of the conversation during Wednesday’s Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board meeting at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in downtown Miami.
Arrestan a teniente de la policía de Miami-Dade por cargos de violación en el condado de Palm Beach
El teniente John Jenkins de la policía de Miami-Dade fue relevado de sus funciones luego de un incidente ocurrido a finales de abril mientras estaba fuera de servicio, comentó el Director del Departamento de Policía.
More police to be assigned to Metrorail, Metromover stations
As a result of legislation sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez this past fall, the Miami-Dade Police Department has developed an operational plan to improve security at all Metrorail and Metromover stations. The total number of personnel per day will consist of 80 officers, 16 sergeants, and two lieutenants. “It is our job to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors using the Metrorail and Metromover systems. MDPD continues their firm commitment to providing a safe and pleasant riding experience for everyone,” Commissioner Martinez said. “It is a top priority to prevent decent citizens from becoming victims of crimes while using public transit as their means of transportation.”communitynewspapers.com
Miami-Dade Police veteran continues serving the public in new career
After a 27-year career as a sworn officer with the Miami-Dade PoliceDepartment, culminating with overseeing public information and educationas Chief of Communications, Hector Llevat has called it a day. After a career spent protecting the citizens of Miami-DadeCounty, Llevat immediately transitioned to a new career as a realtor withMiami-based Real Estate Sales Force (RESF). “The skills I developed during my police career – attention to detail,communication, knowledge of the law – are the same ones necessary to bea professional realtor. “Social media is the best way to connect with people throughout thecountry and around the world. From the Kendall office of RESF, Llevat specializes in residential sales,particularly in Central and South Miami-Dade County municipalities likePinecrest, Doral, Coral Gables and Kendall.communitynewspapers.com
Miami-Dade County mayor names first woman sergeant-at-arms
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava recently announced she has appointed Miami-Dade Police Department Sergeant Susana Padron as the first woman Sergeant-at-Arms for the Mayor’s Office. “I’m delighted to welcome Miami-Dade’s first woman Sergeant-at-Arms to this important role on the team,” Mayor Levine Cava said. “Sergeant Padron represents the very best of the Miami-Dade Police Department and I’m proud she is breaking another glass ceiling in our community.”“I’m so proud and honored to serve in this new role under the first woman Mayor of Miami-Dade,” Sgt. Padron is a 13-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, most recently serving as Priority Response Team Sergeant, leading and supervising a squad of eight police officers. She began her career with Hialeah Police Department and earned her BA from Florida International University.communitynewspapers.com
Commissioner McGhee to present Movie Night at Naranja Park on Feb. 12
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kionne L. McGhee, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Police Department, South District, will present Movie Night at Naranja Park, featuring the movie Remember the Titans, on Friday, Feb. 12, at Naranja Park, 14150 SW 264th Street, Miami, FL. The field and concessions will open at 4:30 p.m., and the movie will start at sunset (approximately 6 p.m.). WHO: County Commissioner Kionne L. McGheeWHAT: Movie Night at Naranja Park, featuring Remember the TitansWHEN: Friday, Feb. 12. Field and concessions will open at 4:30 p.m., and the movie will start at sunset (approximately 6 p.m.). WHERE: Naranja Park, 14150 SW 264th Street, Miami, FLcommunitynewspapers.com
Woman in Viral Anti-Semitic Rant Killed Homeless Veteran in 2015 Hit-and-Run
^ Keep New Times Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free. Support UsLast night, video surfaced of a retired Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) employee yelling anti-Semitic remarks at an elderly man outside a Boca Raton restaurant. Video footage shows Socolov — a retired stenographer for the MDPD's homicide unit — wearing a black jacket with the words "MIAMI-DADE HOMICIDE" on the back. Vulgar language warning - a @MiamiDadePD homicide employee was caught on video in an INSANE antisemitic rant over a parking situation. According to a traffic homicide report from the fatal incident, Socolov returned home at 12:41 a.m. and surveyed the damage to her Toyota Prius.browardpalmbeach.com
Woman in Viral Anti-Semitic Rant Killed Homeless Veteran in 2015 Hit-and-Run
Support UsLast night, video surfaced of a retired Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) employee yelling anti-Semitic remarks at an elderly man outside a Boca Raton restaurant. Video footage shows Socolov — a retired stenographer for the MDPD's homicide unit — wearing a black jacket with the words "MIAMI-DADE HOMICIDE" on the back. After midnight on May 9, 2015, Socolov hit 69-year-old Richard Flaherty, a Vietnam veteran who had been homeless for years, a block away from her Aventura condo. According to a traffic homicide report from the fatal incident, Socolov returned home at 12:41 a.m. and surveyed the damage to her Toyota Prius. "Socolov became increasingly suspicious and returned home," the traffic homicide report states.miaminewtimes.com
County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman partners with local law enforcement agencies for Safer Communities Gun Buy Back Event
The event will take place on Sunday, February 28, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Ronald Book Athletic Stadium at 2555 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33160. In exchange for turning in a gun, individuals may receive a gift card(s) for local retailers up to $150 or laptop. “Working together for a safer community for our residents and their families, we are urging the community to join us in this effort to reduce gun violence,” said Commissioner Heyman. Additionally, FREE gun locks for safe gun storage will be provided for those interested. 24108, and mention Gun Buy Back.communitynewspapers.com
Miami Police Dispel Rumors About Antifa Election Riots
Now, similar misinformation is circulating among Facebook users in Miami — and local police departments are dispelling the rumors. Today, several Facebook users posted unsupported claims that Black Lives Matter and antifa demonstrators are renting U-Hauls and hotel rooms near Miami International Airport. #RumorControl Please see the below flyer from our Homeland Security Bureau regarding texts/posts circulating which warn of possible civil unrest. pic.twitter.com/pc4YqSFnOy — Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) November 3, 2020The Miami Springs Police Department also tweeted that the posts about Black Lives Matter and antifa plotting attacks in Miami are false. LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.miaminewtimes.com
Nonprofits Ask Florida for Statewide Moratorium on Evictions
The move was applauded by advocacy groups, including the Community Justice Project, which provides legal aid to Miami's vulnerable populations. Now the Community Justice Project and more than 20 other aid groups have asked Florida to follow Miami-Dade's lead and issue a statewide moratorium on evictions. "We desperately need more protective measures for the incredibly vulnerable renter households across the state of Florida," the letter states. "As we know all too well, low- and middle-income renters are particularly vulnerable to evictions in times of crisis," the letter states. Locally, representatives from Legal Services of Greater Miami, Dade Legal Aid, the University of Miami School of Law's Tenants' Rights Clinic, Legal Aid Services of Broward County, and Florida's Children First, among others, signed the letter.miaminewtimes.com
Miami-Dade Police Suspend Evictions Amid Coronavirus Spread
The Miami-Dade Police Department has suspended eviction enforcement owing to the spread of coronavirus. Last night, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez declared a state of emergency for the county. Following that announcement, the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) this morning said it has suspended eviction enforcement. Due to @MayorGimenez declaring a state of emergency in #OurCounty, the #MDPD has temporarily suspended all eviction activities until further notice. In November, county commissioners also passed a policy to suspend evictions from public housing during any future natural disaster.miaminewtimes.com
City of Miami Wants Armored Trucks and a Police Drone Boat to Catch Drug Traffickers
This brings us to the nearby Miami Police Department (MPD), which is once again trying to buy some fun new toys of its own. Separately, the Miami Fire-Rescue Department is asking for two armored military trucks. BearCats are massive armored trucks originally designed for military use in war and sometimes come with roof-mounted gun turrets. "The City of Miami would purchase two Lenco BearCats for public safety and critical emergency situations," former City Manager Emilio Gonzalez wrote in the December funding request. Update, February 4: This story has been updated to reflect that Miami Fire-Rescue, not Miami Police, requested the purchase of two BearCats.miaminewtimes.com
Miami-Dade Cops Brag About Recovering Drugs and $250 From Body of Overdose Victim
MDPD teamed up with the federal program High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to ostensibly hunt down high-intensity drug traffickers. Other people arrested included a man carrying 1.7 grams of fentanyl who was pulled over for driving erratically, and five people arrested for active warrants. Only one man was arrested as part of an undercover narcotics purchase, and another was caught because of a search warrant. In an email, New Times asked MDPD why recovering drugs from an overdose death counted as part of the operation, but the department's narcotics bureau did not immediately respond. "The Miami-Dade Police Department is committed to maintaining the highest level of safety and security for our residents and will continue to combat illegal narcotics activity," MDPD said yesterday.miaminewtimes.com
Innocent Bystander Struck During Miami-Dade Police Shootout in Liberty City
A Miami-Dade County Police spokesperson said the department could not say whether its own cop had shot the woman or not. #MDPD PIO is currently responding to a police involved shooting in the area of 66 Street & NW 22 Avenue. WTVJ reports that police found the woman suffering from a gunshot wound in a red car on NW 54th Street. In the 2017 shooting that left Ford dead, two undercover MDPD officers attempted to pull him over in Liberty City. The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office in 2018 confirmed Ford had no weapon but cleared the officers of wrongdoing anyway.miaminewtimes.com
New cities impact on Miami-Dade Police, fire pivotal
New cities impact on Miami-Dade Police, fire pivotalWritten by Jesse Scheckner on November 26, 2019AdvertisementFour months after a failed move to create a new South Dade city, Miami-Dade lawmakers have ordered a study on how police and fire rescue services would be affected by similar efforts in the future. Had it succeeded, the theoretical 35th Miami-Dade city composed of neighborhoods in Goulds, Perrine and Richmond Heights, among others would have been the third-largest in the county. The ones who lose in terms of fire [and] police protection is the public, when theres fragmentation.Roughly 43% of Miami-Dade residents live in the countys unincorporated municipal service area. The last successful effort to incorporate, in 2005, resulted in the creation of the Town of Cutler Bay. That ballot measure failed narrowly, according to Ballotpedia.com 3,197 to 3,086 votes, or roughly 51% to 49%.miamitodaynews.com
Miamis Frost Museum of Science wants adults to stay overnight, solve murder mysteries in pajamas
Starting at 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 18, and wrapping just before breakfast at 8 a.m. Oct. 19, the 21-and-older sleepover party Overnight Adventures will allow guests to go all CSI: Miami at the Frost. After-dark amateur sleuths will investigate a crime scene, gather and analyze fingerprints, do toxicology screenings, measure shoeprints, extract DNA and work in an interactive CSI Lab alongside experts from FIUs International Forensic Research Institute and the Miami-Dade Police Department.sun-sentinel.com
Miami Police Want to Spend $70K on Powerful Phone-Spying Software
MDPD has been working with PenLink since at least 2003, but MPD does not possess PenLink tracking software of its own. "The Pen Link system will allow the City of Miami to be self-sufficient in these endeavors. (Among other agencies, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also use PenLink software to track people.) But like most new types of military technology, local police officers have gained increased access to the software in recent years. At its meeting tomorrow, the city will debate letting the department purchase the software.miaminewtimes.com
FYI Miami: June 27, 2019
FYI Miami: June 27, 2019Written by Miami Today on June 25, 2019AdvertisementBelow are some of the FYIs in this weeks edition. IMPROVING CYBERSECURITY: Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will eliminate the Agency for State Technology and seek to improve cybersecurity. The bill also includes issues such as creating a task force to make recommendations to improve the states cybersecurity. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill to expand a 2018 law that created direct primary care agreements between doctors and patients.miamitodaynews.com