Hialeah Police Department

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Hialeah Police Department
Abbreviation HPD
Agency overview
Formed 1925
Annual budget 38.8 Million
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Hialeah, Florida, U.S.
Miami-Dade County Florida Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Hialeah Highlighted.svg
Map of Hialeah Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 23 square miles (60 km2)
Population 217,141 (2006)
General nature • Local civilian agency
Headquarters 5555 E. 8 Avenue, Hialeah, FL

Police Officers 300
Civilians 150
Agency executive
Sectors 5
Hialeah Police Department

The Hialeah Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency serving the City of Hialeah, Florida. Their jurisdiction lies within the actual city limits of Hialeah, but have mutual aid agreements with neighboring police departments, most importantly the county-wide Miami-Dade Police Department.

As of 2010, the Hialeah Police Department is the 89th largest Police Department in the United States[1]

The current Chief of Police is Chief Sergio Velazquez.


Breakdown of the makeup of the rank and file of the Hialeah Police Department[2]

  • Male: 89%
  • Female: 11%
  • Hispanic: 63%
  • African-American/Black: 7%
  • White: 29%


The Chief of Police leads the Hialeah Police Department. The Chief of Police manages the department with the assistance of three Majors responsible for the following Divisions:

  • Criminal Investigations Division: Major Hubert Ruiz
  • Uniform Patrol Division: Major Manuel Rodriguez
  • Professional Compliance Bureau: Major George Fuente

Uniform Patrol Division[edit]

The Uniform Patrol Division is overseen by Uniform Patrol Division Major Manuel Rodriguez. There are six (6) Patrol Districts each overseen by a District Commander. As of March 2013, the Districts are overseen by the following Commanders:

  • District 1 - Commander Fernando Villa
  • District 2 - Commander Ernesto Gutierrez
  • District 3 - Commander Gabriel Gonzalez
  • District 4 - Commander Luis Lahera
  • District 5 - Commander Rodolfo Bello

The Crime Suppression Section[edit]

The Crime Suppression Section is overseen by Commander Ernesto Gutierrez and consists of the following units:

  • Community Enhancement Unit (CEU)
  • Community Response Team (CRT)
  • Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)
  • SWAT
  • K-9 Unit
  • Motor Unit
  • Bicycle Unit

Criminal Investigations Division[edit]

The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is overseen by Major Hubert Ruiz. The Division consists of four (4) Sections, each supervised by their respective section Lieutenants:

The Crimes Persons Section
  • Homicide Unit
  • Robbery Unit
  • Traffic Homicide Investigations Unit
The Crimes Property Section
  • Burglary Unit
  • Pawn Shop Unit
  • Auto Theft Unit
  • Economic Crimes Unit
  • Organized Fraud Unit
The Family & Juvenile Section
  • Sexual Predator Unit
  • Domestic Violence Unit
  • Special Victims Unit
The Special Investigations Section (SIS)
  • Narcotics Unit
  • Intelligence Unit

The Professional Compliance Bureau, Support Services and Training Division[edit]

This Section is overseen by Major George Fuente and consists of the following entities:

  • Professional Compliance Bureau (Internal Affairs)
  • Support Services
  • Records
  • Police Academy Training Advisor
  • Rangemaster

Ranks and insignia[edit]

Hialeah Police Department sworn personnel with the rank of Officer wear a silver badge on their uniform. Detectives wear gold badges. Officers assigned as Detectives wear gold badges while performing Detective duties, however they must wear their silver Officer badge whenever in full uniform. The ranks of Sergeant through Chief of Police wear gold badges. Rank insignia for Sergeant is worn on the upper sleeves below the shoulder patch while rank insignia for Lieutenant through Chief is worn on the collars of the shirt.

Title Insignia
Chief of Police
4 Gold Stars.svg
Deputy Chief
3 Gold Stars.svg
US-O4 insignia.svg
Captain insignia gold.svg
Captain insignia gold.svg
US-O1 insignia.svg
U.S. police sergeant rank (black and yellow).svg
Police Officer

Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

Since the establishment of the Hialeah Police Department, three officers have died in the line of duty.[3]

Officer Date of Death Details
Officer Hugo Becker
Saturday, June 25, 1966
Automobile Accident
Officer Emilio Miyares
Thursday, November 6, 1986
Sergeant Pedro Cainas
Thursday, November 19, 1992


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