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Public Information & Education Bureau
Media Relations Section
9105 Northwest 25th Street
Doral, FL 33172
The Media Relations Section (MRS) is responsible for:
- Coordinating MDPD's response to media inquiries
- MRS personnel conduct live and pre-recorded interviews in English and Spanish, for television, print, and radio media
- MRS personnel respond to critical scenes, gather information, issue news releases, and disseminate information to the community through various media outlets
- MRS personnel monitor all news feeds, recording and cataloging all pertinent information as it relates to MDPD and MDC.
- MRS personnel facilitate visiting television and motion picture production companies to ensure accurate information is portrayed about MDPD and MDC.
- MRS personnel are responsible for the MDPD social media presence, including the departmental Facebook page, Twitter feed, and YouTube account, fostering direct and positive relationships with the community.
- MRS personnel coordinate the departmental Employee Recognition Program and submits nominations for external law enforcement recognition awards sponsored by local, state, national, and international organizations.
- MRS personnel contribute to the MDPD quarterly Alert newsletter.
After Hours / On-Call Policy
Routine media inquiries and public records requests are handled as expeditiously as possible during normal business hours—Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. After hours and on weekends, a Public Information Officer (PIO) is always available on-call for emergencies and for significant breaking news events. In order to reach the on-call PIO, please contact the MDPD's Communications Bureau Shift Commander, at 305-596-8176, and request that the on-call MDPD PIO be called out.
Please be advised, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. there is limited staffing to cover the Bureau phone line. If you are unable to reach a PIO by phone, you may contact the Shift Commander.
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Meet our Public Information Officers
In 1989, Detective Alvaro Zabaleta completed the Emergency Medical Technician course, and then enrolled in Miami-Dade College's Medical Campus to complete the Paramedic Program. In 1997, he was hired by the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD).
As a law enforcement officer, Detective Zabaleta began his career as a uniform patrol officer in the Kendall District. He later became a Field Training Officer, and also worked in the Crime Prevention Unit.
In June of 2005, Detective Zabaleta transferred to the Media Relations Section of the Public Information & Education Bureau, where he currently serves as an MDPD Public Information Officer. He attended the FEMA Basic PIO course in 2016.
Detective Robin Pinkard began her law enforcement career in 2001, serving first as a Public Service Aide (PSA) for MDPD. As a PSA, she was assigned to what is now the South District.
After two years in that position, Detective Pinkard successfully applied for and was accepted to the MDPD's police academy. Upon graduation, she served as a uniformed patrol officer in the Kendall District, and was then assigned to the Kendall District's Team Police Unit, where she spent five years. Detective Pinkard then transferred to the Kendall District's Community Response Squad, and served as the District Explorer Post 907's Advisor.
In May 2013, Detective Pinkard transferred to the Media Relations Section of the Public Information & Education Bureau, where she currently serves as an MDPD Public Information Officer. Detective Pinkard completed the FBI-LEEDA Media and Public Relations course in 2015, Social Media Twitter & Periscope Workshop in 2015, and Managing Social Media and Body Camera Records training in 2016.
Detective Daniel Ferrin started his law enforcement career with the Hialeah Police Department in 1998, and later moved to the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (MDSPD). His assignments included uniform patrol, School Resource Officer, and Canine Unit.
Detective Ferrin was promoted to the rank of sergeant with MDSPD in 2008.
In 2011, Detective Ferrin joined the MDPD. Since that time he has worked in uniform patrol and investigations. He currently holds the position of Public Information Officer for MDPD. Detective Ferrin attended the FEMA Basic PIO course in 2016.
Detective Jennifer Capote was hired by the MDPD in December 2001. She started her career as a uniform patrol officer in the former MDPD Carol City District, where she also became an investigator. Detective Capote spent six years in the former Carol City District before being assigned to the Domestic Crimes Unit of the MDPD Special Victims Bureau, where she spent eight years investigating cases of domestic violence throughout Miami-Dade County.
In June of 2015, Detective Capote joined the Media Relations Section of the Public Information and Education Bureau, and is currently a Public Information Officer for MDPD. She completed the FBI-LEEDA Media and Public Relations training course in 2015 and the FEMA Basic PIO class in 2016.
Bio coming soon.
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