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Major: Jorge Aguiar
The Homicide Bureau is responsible for conducting thorough and objective investigations of all deaths that occur in unincorporated MDC and 27 municipalities. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is responsible for investigating in-custody deaths involving MDPD personnel. A team approach is used in all homicide investigations. Each squad is led by a sergeant and consists of a lead investigator and additional investigators who are assigned to one specific aspect of the investigation.
This team approach ensures meticulous attention to detail and rapid development and investigation of leads during the critical first hours of the investigation. Witnesses, potential suspects, and evidence are quickly identified and categorized, which enables the investigation to proceed on several fronts simultaneously.
The Bureau also includes three specialized squads: The Traffic Homicide Unit investigates all fatal and critical-injury motor vehicle crashes and hit and run crashes involving life threatening injuries and fatalities. The Cold Case Squad probes into unsolved murder cases regardless of how long ago the murder occurred. The Homicide Street Violence Task Force’s (HSVTF) mission is to reduce violent crimes by employing a comprehensive strategic approach to identifying, arresting, and prosecuting violent criminals. The HSVTF has forged communication links between various MDPD units and all local, state, and federal agencies. As a result of the Community Outreach component of the HSVTF, trust and cooperation has been improved within our diverse community.
As a direct conduit to the community, HSVTF detectives have been successful in locating homicide and shooting witnesses to come forward and assist with the investigation and prosecution of the case. On May 4, 2009, the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, initiated Operation Streamline Urgent Response to Gun Enforcement (SURGE) to aggressively identify, apprehend, and prosecute violent criminals and groups of violent criminals, who are found to be in possession of firearms in furtherance of their criminal activities. Since its inception, the initiative has been successful and has become an asset in our battle against violent crime. The Homicide Bureau's Firearms Interdiction Reduction and Enforcement (FIRE) Gun Task Force is the SURGE representative for MDPD.