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Office of the Chief of Police

The Office of the Chief of Police is responsible for the overall command of all sworn officers and non-sworn employees. Members of the Office of the Chief coordinate; long-range planning, policy development and review, employee development and training, labor relations and personnel management, financial management and purchasing, employee accountability, and media relations.

Professional Compliance Unit

The Division's mission is to insure the integrity of the Miami Gardens Police Department and to protect the public, through fair, thorough, and proactive investigations of alleged police misconduct. To accomplish this goal, the Professional Compliance Unit has established a system of internal review.

The Professional Compliance Unit is responsible for accepting complaints regarding allegations of misconduct or unlawful activity against departmental employees. The Professional Compliance Unit's Captain reviews every citizen complaint. If the complaint is of conduct that would violate police procedures or laws, Professional Compliance Unit will conduct the investigation. Minor complaints are forwarded to the members division for investigation; however, the Professional Compliance Unit will monitor all investigations. If a crime is alleged, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office will be contacted as part of the investigation.

The Miami Gardens Police Department is interested in the welfare of all citizens, and in taking proper action when employees are proven negligent in their duties and/or are guilty of wrongdoing. Our citizens can be confident they will receive a fair and thorough investigation. The Miami Gardens Police Department officers are dedicated individuals who are diligently performing their duties in an effort to better serve you and our community.

Training Unit

The Miami Gardens Police Department Training Unit provides employees of the Department with high quality training including both entry level and in-service training. Additionally, the Training Unit has the responsibility for coordinating and arranging all outside training, coordinating and monitoring academy training for new employees, conducting both pre and post academy orientation for new employees, maintaining training records for all employees, and operating all classroom facilities.

The Training Unit is staffed by both civilian and sworn personnel. In addition to the staff assigned to the unit, the Department has a number of instructors that teach courses in their area of expertise such as domestic violence, leadership, juvenile procedures, and human diversity. The Training staff is responsible for both State mandated training and in-service training. The Training Unit conducts research, training and development of weapons, equipment, tactics and procedures. Members of this Unit are responsible for training all personnel in a variety of topics to include: Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism Response, Incident Command, and Rapid Action Tactics for School Shootings. The City of Miami Gardens requires that our police officers maintain the highest level of proficiency, skill and professionalism. The Training Unit is a crucial entity in maintaining these high standards.

Training Unit- Sergeant Samuel Espinosa Jr.

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Training Unit- Officer David Starling Assistant Training Coordinator

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