Miramar Police Department

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Miramar Police Department
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Logo of the Miramar Police Department
Agency overview
Formed 1955
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Legal jurisdiction Municipal
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Miramar, Florida
Sworn members 199
Unsworn members 65
Agency executive Dexter Williams, Chief of Police
Official website

The Miramar Police Department is a municipal police agency responsible for law enforcement within the city of Miramar, Florida. The department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.[1] The current police chief is Ray Black.[2]

The Miramar Police Department headquarters is in a strip mall. In 2005, a hurricane damaged their old building and the city has had difficulty finding a suitable replacement.[3]


In 1983 Officers William Mantesta and George Pierson arrested a man with mental impairments for rape and murder. The officers forced a false confession from the man and hid from the court evidence that the man was innocent. The state sought the death penalty but instead he was sentenced to life in confinement. He was released after serving 26 years behind bars. In 2013 a federal court found the two officers liable for their actions and in 2015 the man was awarded $7 million in a suit against the two.The two officers, now retired, were never convicted of any crime and deny responsibility. The city and the department deny responsibility and are seeking a means of appeal.[4]

In 2010, Officer Jean Paul Jacobi used keys he had taken from a suspect to conduct an illegal search of his home. Officer Jacobi was convicted of trespass in 2011.[5] He was sentenced to probation.[6]

In January 2012, Captain Juan De Los Rios forced an underaged girl to strip when he stopped her and her boyfriend. He was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 4 years in prison.[7]

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  1. ^ "Miramar Police Department". Mirarmar Police Department. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chief's Message". Miramar Police Department. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Barkhurst, Ariel (29 April 2014). "Miramar to reconsider hiring company to build police department". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  4. ^ McMahon, Paula (22 January 2015). "http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/crime/fl-anthony-caravella-dna-7-million-20150122-story.html". Miami Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 6 February 2015.  External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Miramar Officer Found Guilty of Several Charges Officer Jean Paul Jacobi was found guilty of several charges, but the jury was deadlocked on a tresspass charge". NBC Miami. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Olmeda, Rafael (17 February 2012). "Probation for Miramar cop in official misconduct case". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Candea, Ben (7 June 2003). "Ex-Miramar police captain convicted of making girl strip sentenced Juan De Los Rios gets 4 years in prison, 5 years sexual offender probation". local10.com. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 

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