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CITY OF MIAMI POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES TWO GRANTS FROM DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

(Miami, FL October 3, 2016) - Today the Department of Justice announced it has awarded the City of Miami Police Department $1.875 million in COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) funding to hire 15 officers for community policing work.  Those officers will be assigned to Allapattah, Little Haiti and Liberty City in an effort to fight the growing wave of gun-related youth violence. This is a three year grant providing up to $125,000 per officer to pay for salaries and benefits. 

Last week the DOJ also awarded the City of Miami Police Department a $960,000 grant for the purchase of body worn cameras, training for 640 front-line police officers, and implementation of a community engagement strategy.  This will take place over a 24 month period. The Body Worn Camera program was launched last year in response to a recommendation by the Presidentís Task Force on Community Policing.  Both grants are highly competitive and highlight the Cityís commitment to Public Safety. 

In addition, today City Manager Daniel J. Alfonso, on behalf of Chief Rodolfo Llanes, announced several promotions to Police Executive Staff.  Major Dennis Jackson II and Major Ronald L. Papier were each promoted to the rank of Assistant Police Chief.  Five new Majors, seven new Commanders and two Senior Executive Assistants were also announced today.

Those promotions will be celebrated at a ceremony on Thursday October 6th at 3pm at the Miami Police Training Center Auditorium.


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