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GOLDEN BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT   

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Introduction:

In September 2011, the Town Manager, Mayor and Council approved the hiring of Police Chief Donald De Lucca and Commander George Cadavid.  Town Manager, Alexander Diaz provided his new staff with his vision of professionalism, excellent service and a positive direction, reminding them of their responsibility, of enforcing Federal, State, County, and local laws.  The police department responds to requests for police services, quality of life calls, as well as responding to code enforcement concerns.  The police department also responds to requests from police departments outside of Golden Beach through mutual aid agreements.  Community Policing services include a dedicated Community Policing Officer, in additional to various specialized unit services, and local programs for the prevention of crime.  They are involved in conducting preliminary and follow up investigations, conducting traffic enforcement activities and operations, maintaining internal controls, and policies to insure fair, efficient and effective professional services.

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Personnel:

  • Currently the Town of Golden Beach employs twenty-one (21) full time police officers, three (3) part-time police officers and four (4) reserve police officers.
  • The reorganization of the command structure creating two Commander Positions. (See Organizational Chart).
  • On January 7, 2012 part-time Police Officers, Eddie Lopez and Willie Lopez were upgraded to full-time police officer positions.
  • On February 14, 2012 Instructor/Certified, Marine Patrol Officer Robert Knight was hired as a reserve officer.
  • On May 16, 2012 Officer David Carrazana was hired and assigned to an I.R.S. Task Force.
  • On August 31, 2012 Part-time, Police Officer Kemuel Gambirazio was hired.
  • Officer Javier Diaz was selected as the “Officer of the Year” for 2011.
  • Officer Danny Avila was selected by M.A.D.D. Officer of the Year.
  • Sgt. Leo Santinello was selected as the Officer of the 1st Quarter for 2012.
  • Officer Eddie Lopez was selected as the Officer of the 2nd Quarter for 2012.
  • Officer James Camacho was selected as the Officer of the 3rd Quarter for 2012.
  • Officer Leila Perez was selected as the Police Department’s Community Service Officer working closely with the Town’s Special Events Coordinator, Michael Glidden.

Training:

  • Five days of extensive Police Leadership Training was conducted by renowned facilitator, Mr. Michael Nila to all sworn personnel at the Turnberry Isle Resort and the Marco Polo Hotel.
  • Police Officers, Pearson, Camacho and Matos were sent and graduated from the Honor Guard Academy.
  • Officer Robin Weiner completed eleven weeks of K-9 training with the Miami Beach Police Department.
  • Officer Robert Ruggiero and Officer Javier Diaz completed four weeks of motorcycle training with the City of Miami Police Department.
  • Detective Dan Rosenberg attended Search and Seizure training with the Miami-Dade County Police Department.
  • Officers Chris Pearson and James Camacho attended training seminar, “Developing the Leader in You”.
  • Detective Dan Rosenberg attended training in Cell Phone Investigations.
  • Sergeant Leo Santinello attended a 40 hour course in Police Line Supervision.
  • Officers, Robert Knight, Chris Jones and William Lopez attended the City of Miami’s 40 hour Officer Survival School.
  • Officer Eddie Lopez attended a 40 hour course in Speed Measurement.
  • Officers Robert Knight and William Lopez attended F.D.L.E.’s 40 hour mandatory training.
  • Officer Chris Pearson attended a 16 hour course in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Tactics.
  • Officer Robert Knight attended General Instructor Refresher Training.
  • Detective Dan Rosenberg attended a course in Legal Updates.
  • Officer Chris Pearson attended a 40 hour course in Breath Test Operator.
  • All sworn members of the department conducted state mandated firearms qualifications.
  • Officers Robin Weiner and Oscar Santana conducted shooting simulator training.
  • Officer Danny Avila completed a 40 hour course in Police Bicycle Certification.
  • Sergeant Santinello and Officers-in Charge, Carrasco and Ruggiero attend Critical Crime Scene Crisis Management Training.
  • Officers Javier Diaz and Edward Lopez attended Field Training Officer 40 hour course at the Miami-Dade College School of Justice. GBPD now has five (5) FTOs.
  • Seven (7) police officers are currently enrolled and working towards a Bachelor Degree from Union University.
  • Chief DeLucca continues to be the Chairperson for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference committee.
  • Chief DeLucca attended the annual IACP conference in San Diego, California.
  • Chief DeLucca attended the annual Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, D.C.
  • Chief DeLucca was selected to attend U.S. Secret Service Executive Protection Course in Washington, D.C.
  • Commander Herbello attended a State of Florida Accreditation seminar in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Commander Cadavid attended The International Conference for Police Executives in Seattle, Washington.

Operations:

  •  New Police Department Regulations and Administrative Orders were created and issued to all sworn members in January 2012.
  • Created an off-duty accountability policy to capture proper distribution of funds.
  • Comprehensive Report Writing Manuals were created and issued to all sworn personnel in May 2012.
  • Department Regulations, Administrative Orders, Report Writing Manual and administrative forms were all placed and accessible from all police computers and laptops.
  • Officially applied and currently working toward State of Florida Accreditation.
  •  Assisted with the planning and placement of video security cameras and license plate readers throughout the Town.
  • Assisted in the planning and design of the new Marine Patrol Boat Lift in Center Island.
  • Updated the agencies Vision, Mission and Values statements.
  • Instituted monthly, “On Call” after hours, staff duty officer notification list.
  • Instituted monthly patrol shift representative meeting concerning police issues.
  • Created and placed on-line new police application form.
  • Updated and added new information to the police department’s web page.
  • Updated the department’s laptop computers giving officers the ability to print police reports from their vehicles in the Police Annex Building.
  • Updated the Town’s CodeRED emergency notification system.
  • Reviewed and updated the Town’s Hurricane Plan.

Equipment:

  • Using L.E.T.F., we leased two (2) new police equipped Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
  • Using L.E.T.F., we purchased three (3) new Chevrolet Tahoe SUV’s which were added to the current police fleet.
  • Using L.E.T.F., we purchased one (1) new heavy duty grade Chevrolet Pickup Truck for Marine Patrol vessel towing needs.
  • Using L.E.T.F., we purchased two (2) new administrative Ford Explorers.
  • Using L.E.T.F., we purchased three (3) heavy duty laptop computers for the Police Motorcycles and the Marine Patrol Boat.
  • Department-wide issuance, training and qualification of newly purchased Glock 40 caliber Pistols in June 2012.
  • We purchased new summer wear, duty police uniforms.
  • We purchased and trained an additional police K-9 dog trained in patrol and narcotic detection.
  • We purchased two (2) personal video/audio cameras assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Unit.
  • Using L.E.T.F. purchased of three (3) police equipped bicycles and related equipment.

Significant Incidents:

  • On April 10, 2012 the entire agency assisted the U.S. Secret Service by providing security and coordinating President Barack Obama’s fundraising event at 287 Ocean Blvd.
  • On December 20, 2011, a hydroponics grow house with over 400 pounds of marijuana was discovered at 373 Center Island Drive. Nine adult males were arrested.
  • During the month of December 2011, an organized elaborate home rental scam was discovered after a family illegally moved into the vacant home located at 675 Golden Beach Drive.  The investigation led to several arrests throughout Dade County and the City of South Miami.
  • Police Department personnel participated in the annual law enforcement charity event, “Tour De Force” bicycle ride from Sunny Isle to Boynton Beach.
  • The Golden Beach Honor Guard participated in the Police Memorial Ceremony in Dade County, Florida.
  • The Golden Beach Honor Guard participated in the National Police Memorial in Washington D.C.
  • Uniform patrol participated in the Tri-County Wide Vehicle Insurance Card Fraud Initiative.
  • The Police Department’s deliverables for F/Y 2011-2012 are as follows:
 
 
Patrol Categories 2011 2012 % Change +/-
Calls for Service 1,197 1,394 +16%
Accident Reports 35 43 +23%
Incident Reports 735 194 -74%
Resident/Citizen Contacts 4,700 9,082 +93%
Watch Orders 15,555 16,699 +7%
Field Subject Interviews 708 309 -56%
Traffic Citations 4,254 4,651 +33%
Traffic Warnings 2,719 2,630 -3%
Traffic Arrests 265 258 -3%
Misdemeanor Arrests 85 55 -35%
Felony Arrests 21 13 -38%

 

Marine Patrol 2011 2012 Change +/-
Resident/Public Assist Contacts 297 350 +18%
Citations 234 131 -44%
Warnings 324 252 -22%

 

Code Compliance 2011 2012 Change +/-
Code Citations 177 329 +86%
Code Warnings 226 423 +87%

 

Investigation Unit (Jan-Dec) 2011 (Jan-Sept) 2012 % Change +/-
Cases Assigned 18 22 +22%
Cases Cleared 9 14 +55%

Note: In addition to the cases cleared, 27 other cases were cleared from 2007-2009

Monies Received F/Y 2011 F/Y 2012
South Florida Money laundering Task Force $118,892.22 $18,822.93
D.E.A Task Force $19,471.65 $1,522,792.84

Note: No Internal Affair cases were generated or reported during Fiscal Years 2011 or 2012

 
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