Miami Beach Police Department
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|Miami Beach Police Department|
|Patch of the Miami Beach Police Department.|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Miami Beach in the state of Florida, USA|
|Map of Miami Beach Police Department's jurisdiction.|
|Size||18.7 square miles (48 km2)|
|Headquarters||Miami Beach, Florida|
|Agency executive||Raymond Martinez, Chief of Police|
|Miami Beach Police|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Miami Beach Police Department is the police department of the U.S. city of Miami Beach, Florida, patrolling the entire Miami Beach area, although they sometimes cooperate with the county-wide Miami-Dade Police Department. The Miami Beach Police are famous for their bicycle patrols, which wear dark blue shorts and white short-sleeve uniform tops. The bicycle patrols were created due to the frequent traffic congestion of the Miami Beach isles (particularly in the famous Ocean Drive area on South Beach). Bicycle patrols go where patrol vehicles cannot, but they also perform traffic duties.
There are even some patrol officers in rollerskates. The Miami Beach Police wear dark blue trousers with dark blue shirts, and have red, white, and blue patrol vehicles however, the department is in the process of switching over to black and white patrol vehicles by the end of 2008.
In recent years, the Miami Beach Police Department has come under scrutiny for their involvement in a series of questionable incidents. In 2009, two officers were accused of taunting and falsely arresting a gay man. In another incident, one of their officers was arrested on felony charges for a crash in an all-terrain vehicle, seriously injuring and hospitalizing two people. The officer was on-duty and allegedly drunk at the time. The arrested officer and a second officer had been drinking with a group of women who were having a bachelorette party at a local nightspot prior to the crash. In another incident, officers fired approximately 100 shots at a motorist during a busy Urban Weekend celebration surrounding Memorial Day. Numerous innocent bystanders were injured by police bullets in the questionable incident. After several years of scrutiny, the investigation remains open. In August 2013, a teenage graffiti artist was chased by police after being observed tagging an abandoned building. The teenager subsequently died after being shot with a Taser. In the aftermath, the family members have asked for an independent investigation and they have filed a lawsuit against the police department and its police chief.
The current Chief of the Department is Chief Raymond Martinez.
A Ford Crown Vic on Ocean Drive
- Homepage of Flagler Beach Police Department, retrieved on July 25, 2009
- http:// www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/26/miami-beach-police-department-comes-under-scrutiny-402565458/
- Official homepage of the MBPD, retrieved on July 25, 2009