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970 S.W. 1st Street, #305
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 960-4950

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8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. (M-F)
 

 
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City of Miami

 
Civilian Investigative Panel

 
Civilian

Investigation & Oversight

of Police
 

155 South Miami Avenue, PH 1-B

Miami, FL 33130

(305) 579-2444

(305) 579-2436 Fax

(305) 400-5028 Fax

www.ci.miami.fl.us/cip
 

PANEL MEMBERS

Larry R. Handfield, Chairperson
Janet R. McAliley, Vice Chairperson

Donald I. Bierman
Tanya J. Brinkley
Danny Couch
Otis Davis
Rudy de la Guardia
Thomas J. Rebull
John H. Ruiz
Dr. Tangier Scott
Brenda B. Shapiro
Fred St. Amand
Timothy Moore

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Manuel A. Diaz, Mayor

Commissioners

Joe M. Sanchez, Chairman
Angel Gonzalez, Vice Chairman
Jeffery Allen
Tomas P. Regalado
Johnny L. Winton
 

City of Miami

Civilian Investigative Panel


WHAT IS THE CIVILIAN INVESTIGATIVE PANEL (CIP)?

The Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP), created by City of Miami Ordinance No. 12188, provides for independent and impartial citizensí oversight of the Miami Police Department.
 
WHAT ARE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE CIP?
  1. To conduct investigations, inquiries and evidentiary hearings into allegations of police misconduct.
  2. To make factual determinations, facilitate resolutions and propose recommendations to the City Manager and Chief of Police.
  3. To review and make recommendations regarding the Miami Police Departmentís existing policies and procedures, including training, recruitment and discipline and provide input to the Chief of Police prior to implementation of new or revised policies and procedures.
  4. To request issuance of subpoenas for the purpose of obtaining evidence from witnesses, production of documents etc., after consultation with the State Attorney and CIP Independent Counsel.
  5. To issue reports to the Mayor, City Commission, City Attorney, City Manager, Chief of Police and the public.
  6. The CIP conducts public meetings on every third Tuesday of each month in addition to special and emergency meetings and public hearings. (Please contact the CIP to confirm meeting dates and times.)
WHAT IS THE COMPOSITION OF THE PANEL?
  1. The CIP is comprised of thirteen (13) members representing a diverse cross section of the citizens of Miami. The Mayor and City Commission appoint twelve of the thirteen Panel members with a single appointment by the Chief of Police.
  2. The enabling ordinance requires that, with the exception of the appointment by the Chief of Police, members shall be either permanent residents of, or own real property in the City of Miami, or work or maintain a business in the City of Miami and have a good reputation for integrity and community service. Members shall not be current employees of the City of Miami or have a record of a felony conviction.
WHO CAN FILE A COMPLAINT?

Anyone may file a complaint concerning a City of Miami police officer.
 
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT?
  1. All complaints shall be reduced to writing on an official complaint form requested from the CIP, Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) offices, City of Miami Police Department/Substations or downloaded from the CIP website: www.ci.miami.fl.us/cip and submitted:
    • By mail or in person to the CIP office, 155 S. Miami Avenue, PH 1-B, Miami, FL 33130, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM Ė 5:00 PM, except weekends and holidays;
    • By fax (305) 579-2436 or (305) 400-5028;
WHEN TO SUBMIT A COMPLAINT?
  1. All complaints must be submitted within a year of the date of the incident giving rise to the complaint.
  2. Complaints submitted after one year of the alleged misconduct may, however, be reviewed by the CIP only if approved by a majority vote of its members.
  3. The CIP shall not accept complaints concerning incidents predating the effective date of the City of Miami Charter Amendment providing for the creation of the Panel (November 6, 2001).
THE CIP INVESTIGATION PROCESS
  1. After receiving a complaint about alleged misconduct, the CIP shall notify the Police Departmentís Internal Affairs Division, within two (2) working days of the date received.
  2. Complaints received by the Internal Affairs Division will be preliminarily reviewed by the CIP and a determination made as to whether the CIP will conduct an independent investigation.
  3. The CIP may proceed with an investigation after determination by its independent counsel that an investigation will not interfere with any pending criminal investigation.
  4. The CIP may hold evidentiary hearings to be attended by the complainant, officers affected, witnesses and their attorney or representatives.
  5. At the conclusion of each review or investigation, the CIP shall render one of the following findings based on a preponderance of the evidence:
  • Unfounded: where the review or investigation shows that the act or acts complained of did not occur or were misconstrued.
  • Exonerated: where the acts that provide the basis for the complaint occurred, but the review or investigation shows such acts were proper.
  • Not Sustained: where the review or investigation fails to disclose sufficient facts to prove or disprove the allegation(s) made in the complaint.
  • Sustained: where the review or investigation discloses sufficient facts to prove the allegation(s) made in the complaint.
  • No Finding: where, for example, the complainant failed to produce information to further the investigation; the review or investigation revealed that another agency was responsible, and the complaint has been referred to that agency; the complainant withdrew the complaint; the complainant is unavailable to clarify the complaint; the officer is no longer employed by the City of Miami, or the CIP did not reach a conclusion.
At the conclusion of its review or investigation, the CIP shall forward its written findings and conclusions to the Chief of Police, affected officers and to the extent permitted by law, to the complainant(s).

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