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Police Major, November 2022 ­– Present 

Midwest District

 

Direction, coordination, and oversight of all Police Operations at the Midwest District Station. The district’s geographical area is approximately 25 square miles and has a population of approximately 230,000 residents. The district is comprised of 212 employees with an annual operating budget of $34,000,000. Midwest District emphasizes police services to the community by implementing programs and strategies that focus on combating crime. Through proactive enforcement activities and a zero-tolerance approach towards criminals, the district focuses on reducing targeted crimes. As a result of these crime-fighting strategies I have implemented, the Midwest District has seen a significant reduction in violent and targeted crimes, the largest such reduction in all of Miami-Dade County.   

 

Police Major, January 2020 ­– November 2022 

Seaport Operations Bureau 

 

Direction, coordination, and oversight of all Police Operations at PortMiami with an operational budget of $12,00,000. PortMiami Ranks No. 11 among America's busiest ports and is recognized across the globe with the dual distinction of being the "Cruise Capital of the World" and the "Cargo Gateway of the Americas". The port handled over 1.2 million TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) containers of cargo in the year 2021. PortMiami is the second largest economic engine in Miami-Dade County as it contributes more than $43 billion of total economic activity. In the year 2019 prior to COVID-19, PortMiami handled passenger counts surpassing 6.5 million passengers. The responsibilities include oversight, planning, and direction of police patrolling also encompassing the Canine Unit, Harbor Patrol Unit, Motorcycle Unit, Incident Containment Team, and the Auto-Theft Taskforce. In addition, criminal investigations, personnel training, fleet management, liaison with the Information Technology Department, public relations, grant writing, purchasing, and financial responsibility for the bureau’s budget and expenditures. Also, oversight, planning, and coordination of activities for the recovery of stolen vehicles being exported through PortMiami. Recently launched an initiative with Information and Technology Division Assistant Director Rosie Pérez to create a unified transportation control room to link Miami International Airport, PortMiami, and the Rail with the Real-Time Crime Center located in the Miami-Dade Police Department. Appointed by the Homeland Security Bureau to plan and oversee the Emergency Operations Center for the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami-Dade County. Represented PortMiami in the national Transport Security Congress conference for two consecutive years as a guest speaker. Most recently, the incident commander of public safety in a unified command with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the cruise lines for the COVID-19 response at PortMiami.  

Planned, coordinated, directed, and collaborated with the City of Miami Police Department to respond to the civil unrest during the George Floyd protests in Downtown Miami, the Miami Marathon, multiple Ultra Music Festivals, and the inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix. 

 

Police Lieutenant, May 2018 – January 2020

Seaport Operations Division, Executive Officer

 

Direction, coordination, and supervision of Police and Security personnel in Miami-Dade County’s second-largest economic engine, PortMiami. Supervise, evaluate, and mentor subordinates in the organization regarding the function, goals, and objectives of the Miami-Dade Police Department. Planned and designed several bureau-wide homeland security initiatives to enhance police presence and the capability of having a unified response to any emergency at the Port.  The direction and oversight of the Division’s Explosive Odor Pursuit Canine and Incident Containment Teams, to address any terrorist attack with explosives and active shooter incident. Direction, coordination, and oversight of Operation Safe Port, conducting weekly dive operations by inspecting the hulls of the high-valued assets while at PortMiami. The direction, coordination, oversight, and development of Operation Cruise Watch, following the blueprint of the neighborhood crime watch concept, weekly meetings held with cruise line security and executives to address the increase in larceny and other targeted crimes maintaining effective working relationships with private officials as the commander of the General Investigations Unit.  The planning, development, and implementation of the Division’s first Motorcycle Unit, to address the increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic due to the Port’s growth. Direction, coordination, and command of Investigations, the Auto Theft Task Force, Administration Unit, Harbor Patrol, Incident Containment Team, Canine Unit, and the newly established Motorcycle Unit. Planned, organized, directed, and prepared the execution of Port Security Grants, and successfully secured more than four million dollars in grant funding from the Port Security Grant Program to enhance safety and security at PortMiami. Effectively working closely with the PortMiami capital and planning team to include public and private officials, guiding concerning the safety and security of terminal and roadway designs. Direction, coordination, and oversight of the Command-and-Control Center at PortMiami. Planned and acquired the implementation of automated information systems and technologies at PortMiami with a grant awarded under the Port Security Grant Program.

Tasked to plan, direct, and oversee public safety and security for the 2019 Mayoral State of the County address at PortMiami. 

Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to directing, managing, and coordinating large complex activities for Miami-Dade Police, Seaport Security enforcement operations, fire services, and facilities management for PortMiami. Furthermore, assist in the formulation of departmental policies and procedures, including developing policies and procedures pertaining to facilities management of the port, coordinating activities with cargo and cruise lines and port tenants, and ensuring seaport compliance with various local, state, and federal regulations. Interagency coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, F.D.L.E., C.B.P., F.B.I., D.H.S., T.S.A., etc., Coordinate all emergency operations, including coordinating the appropriate response to natural disasters, preparation for evacuations, active shooter, bomb threats, traffic backups, strikes and demonstrations, fires, hazardous spills, etc. Serving as the Acting Chief in the Chief's absence overseeing the Division.

 

Police Lieutenant, October 2017 – May 2018 

Seaport Operations Bureau, Uniform Patrol, Platoon Commander

 

Direction, coordination, and supervision of sworn personnel in Miami-Dade County’s PortMiami as a platoon commander.  Supervised, evaluated, and mentored subordinates in alignment with the Department’s mission. Directed and coordinated the processing of wanted persons with fugitive warrants on board vessels arriving or departing PortMiami in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Oversight of the detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence and crime scenes onboard vessels to include evidence impoundment during criminal investigations and recovered, lost, or stolen property. Oversight and direction to maintain effective working relationships with other local, state, and federal law enforcement partners. 

 

Police Lieutenant, March 2017 – October 2017

Intracoastal District, Uniform Patrol, Platoon Commander

Commanded the Intracoastal District’s afternoon shift uniform patrol platoon. Directed and coordinated diversified uniformed police activities which involved community policing, apprehending and arresting subjects, criminal investigations, crisis situations, and incidents requiring special forces such as canine, police air support, and the Special Response Team. Responded to scenes of major incidents to direct, command, and control the situation and ensure appropriate measures were taken. Command, oversight, and direction of the execution of multiple search warrants and fugitive warrant apprehensions. Informed the district Captain of unusual incidents or personnel concerns during the shift. Reviewed all incoming and outgoing correspondence related to the assigned shift and/or personnel, facilitated evaluations, attended weekly district COMPSTAT meetings, monitored crime and traffic trends that affected the district, and designed a plan of action to address the same. As a result of the hard work of the men and women under my command, violent crime was at a record low during my tenure as platoon commander.

 

Police Sergeant, June 2015 – March 2017

Airport District, General Investigations Unit, Crime Suppression Team

 

Commanded, supervised, and directed investigations into assaults, burglaries, vandalism, thefts, auto theft, other felonies, and misdemeanors. Coordinated surveillance on individuals responsible for burglaries, thefts, vandalisms, and cargo theft, including strategic planning and criminal intelligence. Directed and commanded strategies for the apprehension and processing of wanted persons with fugitive warrants onboard aircraft arriving or departing Miami International Airport in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Oversight of the detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence and crime scenes onboard aircraft to include evidence impoundment during criminal investigations and recovered, lost, or stolen property. Assigned to investigations at Miami International Airport, directed criminal intelligence as the lead liaison in partnership with the F.B.I., D.E.A., C.B.P, and T.S.A. Supervised, coordinated, and directed assistance to the U.S. Secret Service on many dignitary visits through Miami International Airport to include several presidential visits. Miami International Airport is Miami-Dade County’s largest economic engine.

 

Police Sergeant, October 2014 – June 2015

Airport District, Uniform Patrol

 

Supervised and directed a squad in the Airport District afternoon uniform platoon. Responded to scenes of incidents to direct, command and control the situation and ensure appropriate measures are taken. A coordinated response to emergency operations, including appropriate response to natural disasters, preparation for evacuations, active shooter, bomb threats, traffic backups, strikes and demonstrations, fires, hazardous spills, etc. Informed the platoon commander of unusual incidents or personnel concerns during the shift. Reviewed all incoming and outgoing correspondence related to the assigned shift and/or personnel, facilitated evaluations, attended weekly district COMPSTAT meetings, monitored crime and traffic trends that affected the district, and designed a plan of action to address the same. Served as the Platoon Commander in the Lieutenant's absence. 

 

Police Sergeant, November 2013 – October 2014

Intracoastal District, Neighborhood Resource Unit, Crime Prevention and Community Policing Unit

 

Directed the supervision and administration of personnel assigned to the Crime Prevention and Community Policing Unit in the neighborhoods of the Intracoastal District, and implemented new and innovative ways to address crime. Directed and coordinated diversified uniformed police activities which involved community policing, apprehending and arresting subjects, criminal investigations, crises, and incidents requiring special forces such as canine, police air support, and the Special Response Team. Responded to scenes of major incidents to assess the situation and ensure appropriate measures were taken. Drafted memoranda concerning the assigned neighborhood/area. Established and maintained relationships with community members and other law enforcement agencies. Coordinated and directed community meetings as the lead representative (including the Crime Watch and Citizen Advisory Council) and assisted citizens with questions and/or referrals. The strategy was effective and efficient, crime was at a record low within the district boundaries. Served as the Acting Platoon Commander in the Lieutenant's absence.

 

Police Sergeant, June 2013 – November 2013

Intracoastal District, Uniform Patrol

 

Supervised and directed a squad in the Intracoastal District afternoon uniform platoon. Responded to scenes of incidents to assess the situation and ensure appropriate measures are taken. Directed and coordinated diversified uniformed police activities which involved apprehending and arresting subjects, criminal investigations, crises, and incidents requiring special forces such as canine, police air support, and the Special Response Team. Informed the platoon commander of unusual incidents or personnel concerns during the shift. Reviewed all incoming and outgoing correspondence related to the assigned shift and/or personnel, facilitated evaluations, attended weekly district COMPSTAT meetings, monitored crime and traffic trends that affected the district, and designed a plan of action to address the same. Served as the Platoon Commander in the Lieutenant's absence.

 

Police Detective, November 2010 – June 2013

Airport District, General Investigations Unit, Anti-Crime Team 

 

Initiated follow-up investigations for assaults, burglaries, vandalism, thefts, auto theft, other felonies, and misdemeanors. Conducted surveillance on individuals responsible for burglaries, thefts, vandalisms, and cargo theft, including strategic planning and criminal intelligence. Assigned to investigations at Miami International Airport, worked criminal intelligence in partnership with the F.B.I., D.E.A., and C.B.P. 

 

Police Officer, October 2009 – November 2010

Strategic Planning Policing Bureau, Strategic Policing Operations Response Team

 

Proactively addressed crime trends based on COMPSTAT reports deploying daily to different Districts within Miami-Dade County to curtail violent crime. Served as the Acting Sergeant in the Sergeant's absence.

Police Officer, May 2009 – October 2009

Airport District, Uniform Patrol

 

Conducted patrols as a uniformed officer assigned to the Incident Containment Team at Miami International Airport. 

 

Police Detective, April 2007 – May 2009

Midwest District, General Investigations Unit

 

Initiated follow-up investigations for assaults, burglaries, vandalism, thefts, auto theft, other felonies, and misdemeanors. Conducted surveillance on individuals responsible for burglaries, thefts, vandalism, etc. Initiated follow-up investigations on referrals, citizen complaints, and detective leads concerning street-level sales of narcotics and firearms. Assisted other agencies including the Department of Corrections and Probation & Parole. Maintained effective working relationships with various agencies. Assisted with the prosecution of cases brought before the State Attorney’s Office. Attended meetings and assisted citizens with questions and referrals. Served as the Acting Sergeant in the Sergeant's absence.

Police Officer, October 2006 – April 2007

Midwest District, Uniform Patrol

 

Proactively addressed crime trends in specified areas. Conducted traffic stops to address violations. Prepared reports for citizens. 

 

Police Officer, February 2005 – October 2006

West Miami Police Department

 

Proactively addressed crime trends in the City of West Miami. Created and developed a partnership with the community effectuating the concept of policing, “Community Oriented Policing”. Conducted traffic stops to address violations. Prepared reports for citizens. Reported monthly statistics to the supervisor. Was an active role as a member of the Multi-Agency Gang Taskforce in Miami-Dade County.

 

Police Officer Trainee, June 2004 – February 2005

Miami-Dade College

 

Completed all requirements for state certification. Actively participated in training according to state statutes, and county, and city ordinances for employment with the West Miami Police Department.

Police Dispatcher, January 2003 – June 2004 

West Miami Police Department

 

Handled initial calls for emergency and non-emergency situations. Assessed the nature of each call to determine the proper personnel for response. Gathered pertinent details to relay the information to law enforcement officers and other responders. Entered information into the daily logs and computer system for record keeping.

 

EDUCATION

Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy

Executive Development, May 2022

 

Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Monterey, California

Homeland Security Executive Leader, November 2021

 

Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Executive in Public Policy, October 2021

 

Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Executive Education, Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies, September 2021

 

Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Executive Education, Negotiation Strategies: Building Agreements Across Boundaries, March 2021

 

Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Executive Education, Senior Executives in National and International Security, November 2020

 

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Master in Emergency Management, July 2019

 

University of Louisville, The Southern Police Institute, Broward, Florida 

Command Officers Development Course, July 2018

 

Union Institute & University, North Miami Beach, Florida

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management, August 2016

 

In-Service Police Training:

            

  • Naval Postgraduate School Executive Education Seminar 

  • Leadership

  • Middle Management

  • Procurement Procedures and Purchasing (Miami-Dade Internal Services Department)

  • Emerging Trends in Police Supervision (ETIPS)

  • Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (New Mexico Tech)

  • Supervisory Response to Deadly Use of Force Incidents

  • Response to Critical Incidents for Supervisory Personnel

  • Identification of Bombs and Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing (New Mexico Tech)

  • First Line Supervision

  • Major Scene Management

  • State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (Miami International Airport) 

  • Personal Protective Equipment Training (HAZMAT Nuclear/ Biological/ Wear Chemical Protective 

  • Behavior Pattern Recognition (Terrorism / Miami International Airport)

  • Federal Air Marshall (FAM) Flying While Armed Training

  • Field Training Officer (FTO)

  • Interview and Interrogations / General Investigations

  • Robbery Intervention Detail (RID)

  • Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT)

  • 223 Police Urban Rifle Training

  • Bicycle Response Team (BRT)

  • Police Cycling

  • DUI Detection & Standard Field Sobriety Testing (DUI)

  • Community Policing

  • Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

  • Radar Speed Measurement Training Open Water Diver

  • Dignitary Protection

  • All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Operator Certification

  • Stop the Bleed

  • Full-Scale Disaster Field Operations Exercise

 

FEMA Emergency Management Courses (ICS):

 

  • IS- 235 Emergency Planning

  • IS- 909 Community Preparedness 

  • IS- 660 Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships

  • IS- 328 Plan Review for Local Mitigation Plans

  • IS- 454 Fundamentals of Risk Management

  • IS- 395 FEMA Risk Assessment Database

  • IS- 318 Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities

  • IS- 393 Introduction to Hazard Mitigation

  • IS- 120 Introduction to Exercises

  • IS- 42 Media in Emergency Management

  • IS- 702 NIMS Public Information Systems

  • IS- 800 National Response Framework

  • IS- 29 Public Information Officer Awareness

  • IS- 100 Introduction to Incident Command Systems

  • IS- 700 Introduction to the National Incident Management System

  • IS- 242 Effective Communication

  • IS- 230 Fundamentals of Emergency Management

  • IS- 547 Introduction to Continuity of Operations

  • IS- 453 Introduction to Homeland Security Planning

  • IS- 200 Applying ICS to Healthcare Organizations

  • IS- 520 Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas

  • IS- 522 Exercising Continuity Plans for Pandemics

  • IS- 130 How to be an Exercise Evaluator

  • IS- 908 Emergency Management for Senior Officials

  • IS- 288 The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management

  • IS- 244 Developing and Managing Volunteers

  • IS- 403 Introduction to Individual Assistance

  • IS- 200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident

  • IS- 775 EOC Management and Operations

  • IS- 26 Guide to Points of Distribution 

  • IS- 405 Mass Care Emergency Assistance Overview

  • IS- 922 Application of GIS for Emergency Management

  • IS- 559 Local Damage Assessment

  • IS- 634 Introduction to FEMA’s Public Assistance Program

  • IS- 632 Introduction to Debris Operations

  • IS- 20  Diversity Awareness Course

  • IS- 366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters  

  • IS- 830 Introduction to NRF Incident Annexes

  • IS- 107 FEMA Travel Rules and Regulations

  • IS- 240 Leadership and Influence

  • IS- 200 Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

LANGUAGES

 

  • English

  • Spanish

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS

  • Departmental Award Bronze Medal of Valor (August 1, 2007)

  • Departmental Award Lifesaving Award (August 1, 2007)

  • Departmental Award Employee Excellence Award (October 1, 2008)

  • Departmental Award Silver Medal of Valor (December 1, 2009)

  • Distinguished Award Departmental Officer of the Month (December 1, 2009)

  • Departmental Award Employee Excellence Award (April 1, 2021)

  • Commendation for Commitment to Duty (July 8, 2004)

  • Commendation Observation and Dedication to Duty (January 18, 2005)

  • Commendation for Dedication to Community (June 2, 2005)

  • Commendation for Observation and Dedication to Duty (June 15, 2005)

  • Commendation for Dedication to Community (June 20, 2005)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Commitment (July 5, 2005)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Professionalism (July 7, 2005)

  • Commendation for Commitment to Community (July 29, 2005)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Service (September 19, 2005)

  • Commendation Professionalism and Commitment to Duty (October 17, 2005)

  • Commendation for Dedication to Duty (December 14, 2005)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Service (December 19, 2005)

  • Commendation for Dedication to Duty (June 23, 2006)

  • Commendation for Dedication to Duty  (July 15, 2006)

  • Commendation for Dedication to Duty (March 5, 2007)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Performance (April 26, 2007)

  • Commendation for Appreciation (June 19, 2007)

  • Commendation for Professionalism (July 31, 2007)

  • Commendation for Dedication to Duty (October 26, 2007)

  • Commendation for Professionalism (November 8, 2007)

  • Commendation for Departmental Award (January 4, 2008)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Teamwork (February 11, 2008)

  • Commendation for Unselfish Endeavor (April 8, 2008)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Teamwork (June 25, 2008)

  • Commendation for Professionalism (July 15, 2008)

  • Commendation for Assistance (April 1, 2009)

  • Commendation Assistance and Professionalism (July 30, 2009)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Performance (September 31, 2009)

  • Commendation for Dedication to Duty (March 1, 2010)

  • Commendation for Dedication to Duty (March 12, 2010)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Teamwork (April 10, 2010)

  • Commendation for Appreciation (April 15, 2010)

  • Commendation for Appreciation (April 20, 2011)

  • Commendation for Attention to Duty and Investigative Skills (April 28, 2011)

  • Commendation for Assistance (July 14, 2011)

  • Commendation for Skillful Performance of Duty (October 27, 2011)

  • Commendation for Investigative Skills (February 7, 2012)

  • Commendation for Investigative Skills (February 10, 2012)

  • Commendation for Assistance to the Public (February 17, 2012)

  • Commendation for Prompt and Efficient Service (December 10, 2012)

  • Commendation for Assistance to Other Agency (April 8, 2013)

  • Commendation for Prompt and Efficient Service (May 21, 2013)

  • Commendation for Outstanding Professionalism and Teamwork (September 5, 2013)

  • Commendation for Professionalism and Assistance (August 7, 2015)

  • Commendation for Professionalism (January 10, 2019)

  • Commendation for Assistance (February 27, 2020)

  • Commendation for Compassionate Leadership and Support (April 28, 2020)

  • Commendation for Assistance and Support (May 26, 2020)

  • Commendations year-round for Safe Driving and No Sick Leave Usage (January 2004 – Present)

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

  • Hispanic Police Officers Association (HPOA)

  • Police Benevolent Association (PBA)

 

SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

  • On behalf of the Miami-Dade Police Department, I collected and coordinated the delivery of a tractor trailer with goods to assist the New York City Police Department (NYPD) after Hurricane Sandy.
     

  • On behalf of the Miami-Dade Police Department, I collected and coordinated the delivery of a tractor trailer with goods to assist the Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) and surrounding municipalities after a deadly tornado.  

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