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Public Safety

Our public safety departments are recognized among the best in the nation, garnering a number of prestigious awards at the state and national level. First responders work day and night to keep our neighborhoods, waterways and sensitive areas safe. Applying forward-thinking technology and remaining deeply committed to service, they continue to secure communities across unincorporated areas and municipalities within Miami-Dade County.

• The Mayor, with support from the Village of Key Biscayne, created the Boating Under the Influence Task Force, a multiagency law enforcement group consisting of local, state and federal agencies. Members of the task force share resources and work together to enforce maritime laws, adopting a zero tolerance policy toward operating a boat under the influence.

• The Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) graduated 14 officers; the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) graduated 91 new recruits in Basic Law Enforcement; and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) graduated 40 new firefighters. These brave men and women join the community’s first line of defense in the protection of life, health and property.

• The U.S. Department of Justice along with Representative Frederica Wilson awarded Miami-Dade County a $1 million grant to fund Project PEACE, a program designed to reduce violent crime committed by youth offenders, and to improve coordination and delivery of crime prevention services in the Northside District. This was in line with the recommendations put forth by the Mayor’s Joint Roundtable on Youth Safety.

• MDFR deployed four new state-of-the-art Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicles at MIA, and ARFF truck “Foam 24” was placed into service at the Kendall-Tamiami Airport Fire Rescue Station. The units have greatly enhanced these airports’ abilities to respond to airfield emergencies.

• MDFR personnel were dispatched approximately 400,000 times to more than 242,000 emergencies; of these, 204,000 were medical emergencies. More than 80,000 residents and visitors were transported to South Florida hospitals. MDFR responded to more than 23,000 fire-related calls and 15,000 non-fire-rescue related calls.

• In 2014, MDPD units were dispatched 843,816 times and responded to 48,335 emergency calls. The 911 dispatch center saw an 8 percent increase in call volume, receiving a total of 2.33 million calls.

• The Community Action and Human Services Department’s (CAHSD) Violence Prevention and Intervention Division created the Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Coalition. The 40-agency coalition coordinates education and awareness activities, and hosts meetings to coordinate services across its membership.

• The Roslyn McGruder Clark Northside District Police Station opened its doors, the design of the facility reflecting the community policing principles that were the hallmark of its namesake. The station contains open public meeting areas that add a sense of transparency and openness to the facility, a community meeting room for town hall meetings and offices for public outreach activities.

• MDPD’s Homeland Security Bureau developed a mobile app that will allow for real-time interaction with the department. When fully implemented, residents will be able report crimes, send police text messages and photos, report suspicious activity, file non-emergency reports and more. The app could potentially deploy two million additional sets of eyes to help in the fight against crime.

• The Juvenile Services Department (JSD) was awarded the 2014 National Association of Counties Achievement (NACo) Award for its innovative Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Alternative Program (MDJDA). The MDJDA is an ongoing collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, as well as local juvenile justice stakeholders, designed to reduce the number of non-violent juvenile offenders entering secure detention and the costs associated with incarceration.

• MDCR opened the Mental Health Treatment Center (MHTC) at the Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Center. The MHTC provides a safer and more therapeutic environment for the most vulnerable of our inmates. The transition to the MHTC was conducted as a phased-in approach with acute and sub-acute mental health inmates moving to the MHTC in December of 2014.

• MDCR received re-accreditation of their Central Office by the American Correctional Association Central Office.

• MDPD seized and successfully litigated more than $2 million in forfeited assets. The Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act allows for these assets to be awarded to the MDPD Law Enforcement Trust Fund.

• The Medical Examiner (ME) Department received the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant. The ME will use the funds from the grant to purchase an instrument that will improve processing and turnaround time of services.

• Through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant, MDFR distributed 3,500 fire extinguishers, installed 5,000 smoke alarms, and performed home safety inspections for needy seniors and low-income families in Liberty City, Opa-locka, Homestead and Florida City.

• JSD conducted a survey to determine the quality of services provided. The results revealed that 96 percent of clients’ families reported the services to be helpful and 94 percent of parents observed a positive change in their child’s behavior after participating in a JSD program.

• MDFR’s Office of Emergency Management held the first Whole Community Planning Workshop in order to collectively improve the County’s disaster plans and programs. This twoday workshop brought together Miami-Dade County residents and local, state and federal officials, as well as private businesses and faith-based organizations.

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