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*Police improved the method of determining response time  resulting in a more accurate measure by implementing a new dispatching system.


  • The Miami-Dade Police Department 
    reported that the rate for violent crimes, burglary, larceny, and auto theft declined by 6.4 percent  in 2006.

  • The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security continues to maintain approximately 73,000 emergency shelter spaces, including 2,000  for special needs residents. This level exceeds the County's demand for 2011 as estimated by the State.

  • The Animal Services Department increased pet adoptions by nearly 100 percent. Typically, shelters strive for a 10-15 percent increase annually. Also in 2006, a second pet-friendly disaster relief shelter was established.

  • The Dial-A-Life Program distributed 1,442 cell phones to the elderly, victims of domestic violence, disabled and low-income residents. Since the program's inception in December 2003, more than 3,400 cell phones have been distributed.

  • To help serve our growing community, five new fire stations opened in 2006 including the Hialeah Gardens, Uleta, West Miami, Tamiami, and Redland stations. Four additional stations are scheduled to open in 2007.

Fire Rescue responded to nearly 1,000 more calls in 2006 than the previous year while improving its response time  to life threatening calls by 28 seconds.


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