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Professional Compliance Unit

About

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, the Professional Compliance Unit will conduct the investigation. Minor complaints are forwarded to the employee’s Division for investigation; however, the Professional Compliance Unit will monitor all investigations. If a crime is alleged, the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office will be contacted as part of the investigation.

Objective

The objective of the Professional Compliance Unit 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 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 employees are dedicated individuals who are diligently performing their duties in an effort to better serve our community.

Documents & Forms

Please forward any complaints or commendations to [email protected] unitgpdfl.org.

Police Complaint
Police Commendation

Unit Command Staff

Captain Talibah Simmons

Captain Talibah Simmons is a seventeen (17) year law enforcement veteran who joined the Miami Gardens Police Department in November of 2007. Prior to coming to the Miami Gardens Police Department, Captain Simmons was a Detective with the Florida Department of Financial Services and a School Resource Officer with the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2014 and Captain in 2016. Captain Simmons has served in Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, and Professional Compliance. Captain Simmons holds a bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University and a graduate degree from Florida International University.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who does the Professional Compliance Unit respond to?
The Professional Compliance Unit reports directly to the Chief of Police.

2. Is there any risk in making a complaint against a Police employee?
Unless you deliberately make a false complaint against any employee, which can lead to you being prosecuted criminally and/or held civilly liable, no.

3. What time limits do I have to make a complaint?
In order to conduct a thorough investigation, your complaint should be filed immediately following the incident, or as soon as possible.

4. What are the possible outcomes of a disciplinary investigation?

  • Unfounded - Evidence does not support the allegation.
  • Exonerated - The allegation is true, but it was lawful and proper.
  • Not Sustained - There is insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the allegation.
  • Sustained - There is sufficient evidence to conclude the allegation occurred.
  • Policy Failure - The complaint has merit although the action of the employee did not violate policy.
  • Withdrawn -The complainant withdrew the allegation.
  • Incomplete -The investigation could not be thoroughly or properly investigated. This may be caused by lack of cooperation by the complainant or witnesses, the absence of a critical interview, which was necessary to proceed with the investigation, or the available physical evidence or witnesses’ statements are insufficient to adjudicate the complaint.
5. Will I be notified on the status of my complaint?
Yes. You will be notified of the outcome at the conclusion of the investigation. If you have questions during the investigation, you may contact the Professional Compliance Unit Captain or Sergeant at (305) 474-1678.

Contact

Captain Talibah Simmons
Phone: 305-474-1678
Email: [email protected]
Address: 18611 NW 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056