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Public Safety

Our public safety departments including Police, Fire Rescue, Corrections and Rehabilitation, Juvenile Services and the Medical Examiner, are tasked with providing a safe and secure community through coordinated efficient and effective professional, courteous public safety services. Miami-Dade County’s public safety officers work hard every day to keep our residents and visitors safe, serving residents in unincorporated areas and municipalities alike. Below are some of the highlights of our top rated public-safety departments:

  • Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), the seventh largest police department in the U.S., along with the City of Miami Police Department and the Village of Key Biscayne Police Department are working in collaboration on the Enhanced Traffic Enforcement Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to increase police presence on the Rickenbacker Causeway to ensure the safety and security of vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. To date, over 3,000 traffic citations have been issued and more than 130 cyclist citations have been issued.
  • In 2015, MDPD units were dispatched 845,943 times and responded to 52,820 emergency calls. The 911 dispatch center saw a 3.7 percent increase in call volume, receiving a total of 2.42 million calls.
  • MDPD implemented the first year of a five-year vehicle replacement plan, which addresses the Department’s aging fleet with a high percentage of vehicles well over 100,000 miles. The department purchased 642 vehicles, consisting of 260 Ford Police Interceptor sedans, 248 Ford Fusions, and other sedans, trucks, and vans. The vehicles are being delivered over a ten-month period, allowing vehicles to be appropriately equipped and deployed.
  • In 2015, MDPD trained 164 Guatemalan national police officers. This training was a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and MDPD. The MOU established the framework for cooperation to support the law enforcement and anti-crime efforts of international law enforcement personnel. The main objective of these training sessions has been to raise the professional skills of the international officers/agents, especially in their home countries’ specific areas of concerns, while introducing them to new techniques, methodologies, and latest resources.
  • In 2015, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program instructed 8,146 students in 79 schools across Miami-Dade County. The curriculum is taught by uniformed police officers to 5th grade students for the purpose of teaching positive alternatives to substance use, bullying, and gang violence. The program helps kids develop self-esteem, as well as interpersonal and communications skills. 
  • The Board of County Commissioners approved the advertisement of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for body worn cameras and video management storage solution for Miami-Dade police officers and the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) on June 2. MDPD will have 1,000 equipped with body worn cameras by the end of 2016. Body worn camera technology will help in enhancing the safety of our 2.6 million residents and the Miami-Dade police officers who protect our County.
  • Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR)’s 141 frontline rescue and fire suppression units were dispatched almost 400,000 times to more than 254,000 emergencies; of these, approximately 213,000 were medical emergencies. More than 80,000 residents and visitors were transported to South Florida hospitals. MDFR responded to nearly 24,000 fire-related calls and more than 18,000 non-fire-rescue related calls.
  • MDFR and Jackson South Community Hospital celebrated the opening of its new helipad allowing Jackson South to receive air ambulance transfers from other hospitals and quickly transfer patients to the Jackson Memorial Medical Center campus in downtown Miami for specialized services not available at Jackson South.
  • MDFR received the 2015 Lifeline® EMS Silver Level Recognition Award by the American Heart Association. This award is presented to EMS teams across the nation for their vital role in providing timely treatment to patients who experience severe heart attacks. Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure, and treat at least eight STEMI (ST–Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients for the year.
  • In preparation for hurricanes and other hazards, the Office of Emergency Management sponsored free training to the community at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Training Facility. The training provided survival and response skills during times of a community wide disaster. Attendees learned skills such as identifying area hazards, working as a team to apply search and rescue techniques, basic fire suppression strategies and fire safety measures, and managing resources in medical response operations.


  • MDFR’s Air Rescue program celebrated 30 years of service. Since its inception, MDFR has responded to approximately 1,200 calls a year. Air Rescue South is located at Miami Executive Airport and Air Rescue North is located at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport. Each aircraft is staffed by two pilots and two firefighter-paramedics 365 day a year, including MDFR’s first female pilot who joined the crew in 2013.
  • MDFR received a favorable recommendation for reaccreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The five-member CFAI Assessment Team recommendation reaffirms that MDFR employs the most current state-of-the-art practices in reducing fire and EMS risks, thereby delivering excellence every day to the residents and visitors of Miami-Dade County.
  • The Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) graduated 82 officers; the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) Basic Training Section graduated 17 public service aides; and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) graduated 63 new firefighters. These brave men and women join the community’s first line of defense in the protection of life, health and property.
  • MDCR was awarded an Adult Reentry Education Grant (Project Restart) from the Department of Education. As one of nine communities, this grant will support the educational attainment and reentry success for individuals who have been incarcerated.
  • MDCR continues to manage pretrial services which is an alternative-to-incarceration program allowing arrested defendants to be released from jail while awaiting disposition of their criminal charges by collecting, verifying and reporting to the court information pertaining to the pre-trial release of each person charged with a bondable felony offense.
  • The Medical Examiner (ME) has received its reaccreditation with the National Association of Medical Examiners. In addition, the ME’s Toxicology Laboratory has been reaccredited by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. The American Board of Forensic Toxicology accredits qualified laboratories who have demonstrated the requisite qualifications and competence in forensic toxicology. The laboratory now joins a small exclusive group of accredited institutions nationally recognized for excellence. 
  • A statewide study conducted earlier this year by Dewey & Associates found that Miami-Dade County’s Civil Citation program, a partnership with the Juvenile Services Department (JSD) and all 37 Law Enforcement agencies, is leading the state by utilizing civil citations 91% of the time when youth are eligible. The program provides misdemeanor juvenile offenders with targeted treatment services without the stigma of an arrest. Miami-Dade’s Civil Citation has served over 17,000 families since inception in 2007.
  • JSD’s Initiative, The Walking One Stop, mobilizes a team of elected officials, faith leaders, social and economic service providers along with criminal justice personnel and community activists, to deliver social and economic services door-to-door in neighborhoods that have experienced recent, severe, or persistent incidents of violence. During this year 752 volunteer “walkers” delivered 1,912 social and economic service referrals to 691 households in violence plagued neighborhoods from South Dade to Miami Gardens. Walking One Stop has changed the paradigm in service delivery by bringing governmental and non-governmental services to the doorstep of Miami-Dade’s neediest residents while achieving unprecedented community engagement, and collective efficacy.
  • As a viable alternative to secure detention, JSD provides the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring technology; a 24 hours, 7 days a week surveillance system for non-violent felony juvenile offenders. This cost-effective, efficient and less restrictive alternative provides a savings of $8 per day as compared to $300 per day for secure placement. More importantly, vulnerable at-risk juvenile offenders are not exposed to a detainable environment but instead are allowed to return to their communities for wrap around services. The program has reported an 87% success rate.
  • The Information Technology Department has implemented the P25 radio infrastructure for the 800 MHz Radio Communications network, a strategic regional capability for first responders, with over 28,000 radios using the new system; additionally, a new 700MHz digital radio communication site was successfully deployed in the Village of Key Biscayne greatly improving communications for public safety first responders by expanding radio coverage on the island and surrounding waters.
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