Commissioner Jordan to rename street in honor of first black female police officer
MIAMI GARDENS – The Miami-Dade County Commission and the Miami Gardens City Council have co-designated Northwest 175th Street between 27th to 37th avenues as “Officer Thelma Harris Way” in honor of Officer Thelma Harris, who was the first black female police officer in Florida and served 20 years with the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert and Miami Gardens council members will pay tribute to this pioneer and inspiration to the community at a street dedication ceremony on Thursday, March 3 at 10 a.m. in the AutoZone Parking Lot, 17552 NW 27th Ave. in Miami Gardens.
“We are honoring Officer Harris because she paved the way for black female officers in Miami-Dade County,” Commissioner Jordan said. “She was also known as the ‘Lady Behind the Badge’ because she was very dedicated to working with children in the community.”
Harris began her service with MDPD in June 1962. She was passionate about her role as a school resource officer and she enjoyed working undercover on the force. She worked for the Department for 20 years before retiring in 1982. Harris was also a charter member of Mt. Hermon AME Church, where she served as vice president of the United Women’s ministry.
Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert,
Miami Gardens council members
17552 NW 27th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33056