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Juan J. Perez - Director


Juan J. Perez was appointed Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department in February 2016. He has dedicated more than 25 years to the law enforcement profession, joining MDPD in 1990 and has been promoted through all civil service ranks.

Prior to being appointed director of the MDPD, Perez held the position of Deputy Director. In his capacity as Deputy Director, he was responsible for implementing appropriate organizational change in policy, practices, procedures, and strategies to improve the overall effectiveness and responsiveness of the Department. MDPD is the largest law enforcement agency in the southeastern United States serving more than 2.6 million residents.

In addition, he oversaw the activities of two major branches; Investigative and Police Services, as well as the activities of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, and the Strategic Planning and Development Section. He also managed departmental personnel along with financial and technical resources ensuring the delivery of effective and professional public safety services to the Miami-Dade County community.

During his career, Perez has served as a supervisor in Police Services, Criminal Investigations, Homeland Security, and Robbery. Prior to holding the position of Deputy Director, he held the rank of Chief in the Police Services’ South Operations Division, where he was responsible for uniform patrol of the southern area of Miami-Dade County; serving 500,000 residents, and directing sworn and civilian personnel in four police districts and two contracted cities.

Besides his law enforcement career, Perez is actively involved with the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT), a non-profit support organization since 2009, which serves the law enforcement community of Miami-Dade County and currently serves as the president. He has attended the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Session Number 256, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Police Executive Leadership Institute, Session Number 2.

Perez is a graduate of Saint Thomas University.

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