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Miami Beach Police Department - Clarification on Miami Herald Article LTC 303-2013

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MIAMI
BEACH
OFFICE
OF
THECITY
MANAGER
NO
LTC
303
0
01
3
LETTER
TO
COMMNIS990N
T
TO
Mayor
Matti
Herrera
Bower
and
Me
bers
ofthe
ty
Commission
i
FROM
Jimmy
L
Morales
City
Manager
DATE
August
29
2013SUBJECT
MiamBeachPolice
Department
Clarification
on
MiamiHerald
article
Thepurposeofthis
Letter
toCommission
LTC
is
to
clarify
assertions
made
by
the
Miami
Herald
reporter
in
thearticle
A
harsh
spotlight
once
again
on
MiamiBeach
P
osted
August
242013
regardingthe
MiamiBeach
Police
Department
s
ritten
policies
as
well
as
the
requirements
for
Police
Officers
to
carry
a
department
issued
Taser
Department
s
rittenPolicies
and
Procedures
In
the
article
theauthor
states
Internal
police
records
use
of
force
policies
internal
affairs
filesand
department
wide
statistics
suggest
thatthe
agency
s
roublesarise
from
its
written
policiesand
its
disciplinary
procedures
As
you
know
on
March
23
2013
the
Commission
on
Accreditationfor
Law
Enforcement
Agencies
CALEA
approvedtheMami
BeachPolice
Department
for
re
accreditation
withthe
prestigiousrecognition
of
Accreditation
with
Excellence
With
this
enhanced
award
theMiami
Beach
PoliceDepartment
is
again
a
member
of
an
elite
groupcomprised
of
fewer
than
ten
10
percent
of
allaccredited
agencies
nationwide
CALEArequires
agencies
to
develop
and
adhere
to
a
comprehensive
well
thought
out
uniform
setofpoliciesor
written
directives
As
partofthe
Re
Accreditation
and
Accreditation
with
Excellence
process
the
department
wasrequired
to
present
documentedproofof
the
agency
s
edication
and
adherence
to
Agency
policy
as
well
as
its
commitment
to
the
community
The
department
s
olicies
arenot
developed
in
a
vacuum
Research
and
benchmarkingofthe
policiesofothersuccessfulagencies
is
part
and
parcel
ofthe
process
Although
the
reporter
compares
the
department
s
se
offorcepolicy
to
those
ofNew
York
Los
Angeles
and
Chicago
the
Miami
BeachPolice
Department
s
olicies
are
much
stricter
than
depicted
and
include
limits
on
the
number
of
tasings
and
conditions
whenthedevice
shallnot
be
used
The
reporter
citesinternal
affairs
casesfrom
2005
2007
and
2008to
substantiate
his
point
with
respect
to
disciplinary
policy
Much
has
changed
in
the
MiamiBeachPolice
Department
since
2012when
Chief
Martinez
was
appointed
Asone
of
thefirst
steps
upon
appointment
Chief
Martinez
and
Deputy
Chief
Overton
undertook
a
completeoverhaul
of
the
Internal
Affairs
Unit
and
the
process
by
whichcases
are
investigated
I
As
a
measure
to
increase
accountability
and
impartiality
Internal
Affairsinvestigators
nowserve
as
factfinders
only
they
no
longer
provide
a
conclusion
as
to
the
findings
of
each
case
Thefactsof
eachcaseare
now
presented
to
a
panel
comprised
oftheDeputy
Chief
and
three
Majors
who
ultimately
conclude
on
the
findingsof
the
case
and
determine
anydisciplinary
action
as
necessary
Thisprocess
mirrors
how
many
other
agencies
conduct
their
internal
affairs
investigation
including
Miam
Dade
Police
Department
Moreoverlooking
to
augment
 
expertise
in
conductinginvestigations
andinternal
affairs
operations
theChief
hiredtwo
outsidecandidates
to
serve
as
the
unit
s
ommander
and
Deputy
Commander
TrainingRequirements
for
Carrying
a
Department
IssuedTaser
In
Miami
Beach
anypolice
officer
whogoesthrough
an
eight
hour
trainingsession
is
allowed
to
carry
a
department
issued
taser
wrote
the
author
in
his
article
TheMiamiBeachPolice
Department
MBPD
providesofficerswithstate
of
theart
equipment
and
training
to
optimizetheir
safety
as
well
as
the
safety
and
security
of
the
citizensthey
protect
As
such
theMBPDprovidespersonnelwith
numerous
toolstomaximizetheforce
options
available
to
individualofficers
engaged
in
a
critical
incident
These
toolsinclude
defensive
tactics
training
empty
hand
control
ground
fighting
and
intermediate
weapons
such
as
aerosol
deterrent
spray
ADS
expandablebatons
and
conductedelectrical
weapons
CEW
Every
MBPD
Officer
who
is
certified
to
carry
a
CEWreceives
a
minimum
of
8
hoursof
additional
training
in
advanced
tactics
and
equipmentspecific
to
the
Taser
brand
CEW
the
agency
issues
The
Miami
Beach
Police
Department
requires
a
comprehensiveeight
8
ourtrainingcourse
to
certify
Police
Officers
to
carry
a
department
issued
CEW
Taser
This
8
hourtrainingcourse
exceedsthe
manufacturer
s
ecommendedminimum
of
6
hoursof
training
and
consists
of
the
following
Classroom
Time
Instructors
reviewhow
the
device
works
trainingmaterialprovided
by
the
manufacturer
Taser
International
and
reviewthe
department
s
se
offorcepolicy
specific
tothe
deployment
ofthe
CEW
Taser
WrittenTest
PoliceOfficersmusttake
and
pass
a
written
test
which
confirms
understanding
of
the
material
covered
in
the
classroom
setting
Practical
deployment
exercises
Discretionary
firingdrills
theapplicable
CEW
with
a
minimum
of
two
cartridges
being
firedduring
the
training
class
Failure
drills
Police
Officerspractice
replacing
malfunctioning
cartridges
and
other
potential
device
failures
through
different
drills
Scenario
based
training
Atrainingofficer
wears
a
Taser
suit
whichallowsthePolice
Officersto
deploy
their
trainingcartridge
on
the
role
player
during
the
different
scenarios
Exposure
The
MBPD
requires
that
all
Police
Officers
carrying
a
department
issued
CEW
be
subjected
to
a
fivesecond
exposure
This
exposure
providesthe
Taser
user
first
hand
experience
as
to
the
physiological
psychological
and
metabolic
effects
of
the
neuro
muscular
incapacitation
NMI
that
is
achieved
through
the
use
of
the
Taser
CEW
TaserRecertification
is
requiredannually
by
state
law
accreditationstandards
and
manufacturer
s
ecommendations
The
MBPD
complies
withthis
responsibility
during
Annual
MandatoryRetraining
AMR
where
all
Taser
usersreceivemandatoryrecertificationtraining
and
all
non
Taser
Users
receive
a
Taser
CEWFamliarization
Aspart
of
AMR
all
sworn
personnel
whether
they
carry
a
Taser
or
not
are
required
to
sit
through
classroomtime
togo
over
any
changes
in
the
use
offorce
policy
as
well
as
any
changes
or
updates
to
Taser
s
training
In
addition
there
is
an
overview
on
the
functionalityof
the
Tasers
issued
by
the
department
Thisallows
all
MiamiBeach
Police
Officers
to
be
familiarized
withthe
equipment
how
it
works
and
how
it
should
be
used
Additionally
during
this
time
period
officersundergo
refreshertraining
on
the
use
of
oher
eapons
such
as
pepperspray
or
baton
Additionally
in
2012
Chief
Martinezsent
the
Training
Unit
Supervisor
to
a
forty
40
hour
Taser
MasterInstructor
Training
Course
in
Charlotte
North
Carolina
This
courseencompassed
numerousfacets
related
todelivering
Taser
Training
and
themanaging
of
the
Taser
Training
Program
by
individual
agencies
Thisadvanced
level
of
MasterInstructor
Training
allows
the
Training
Unit
Supervisor
to
conduct
training
for
instructors
as
well
as
new
Taser
Users
 
Compared
to
Mami
Beachother
police
departments
are
more
restrictive
when
it
comes
tostun
guns
In
New
York
Cityfor
example
only
patrol
supervisorsandemergencyservices
officers
who
are
trained
in
advancedtacticsand
equipment
are
allowed
to
carry
Tasers
the
article
asserts
In
2007
the
New
York
Police
Department
NYPD
commissioned
a
study
to
evaluatethe
department
s
irearm
Training
andFirearm
Discharge
Review
Process
Conducted
by
the
RAND
Center
on
Quality
Policing
thestudyrecommendedthattheNYPDinitiate
a
pilotprogram
where
Tasers
and
aerosol
deterrent
spray
would
be
issued
to
all
patrol
officers
in
certain
precincts
The
NYPD
has
approximately
34
00
sworn
personnel
as
compared
to
MBPD
s
81
sworn
officers
Both
MBPDandNYPD
requirethat
sworn
personnel
receive
advancedtactics
and
equipment
training
in
order
toissuethem
a
Taser
ThefactthatNYPD
limits
its
deployment
of
Tasers
to
supervisors
is
likelydueto
the
sheer
size
ofthe
force
and
not
to
a
higherthreshold
for
training
or
expertise
We
also
took
a
look
at
localpolice
departments
to
compareourpolicies
and
deployment
of
tasers
Attached
please
find
a
memorandum
fromDeputy
Chief
Overton
As
you
can
see
our
taser
polices
are
in
congruence
with
all
of
the
majoragencies
in
Miami
Dade
County
including
with
respectto
the
issuanceoftasers
to
certified
officers
We
do
not
have
laxer
standards
as
thearticle
implies
Other
MBPD
Changes
since
2012
The
MiamiBeach
Police
Department
has
instituted
changes
in
various
areas
The
work
is
on
going
but
following
is
a
listof
additional
changesthat
have
taken
place
within
the
department
Accountability
Measures
Increased
responsibility
to
managethe
daytoday
operations
within
Areas
nowfalls
uponthe
Area
CaptainsAreaCaptains
are
responsible
for
managingresources
and
personnel
within
their
areasto
address
crimetrends
and
community
needsSupervisor
Employee
contacts
are
requiredduringevery
shift
Managing
calls
for
service
now
falls
on
theShift
Commander
All
callsholding
overtwenty
20
minutes
are
reported
weekly
totheDeputy
Chief
and
are
brought
to
the
attention
of
theShift
Commander
The
Shift
Commander
is
required
to
explain
in
writing
why
these
calls
held
As
a
result
thisprocess
has
enhancedresponsetime
by
reducingthewaittime
for
callsfor
service
Installation
ofAutomatic
VehicleLocators
AVLs
on
all
patrol
vehicles
EnforcementMeasures
Greaterfocus
on
quality
of
life
issues
such
as
loitering
illegal
vendors
graffiti
etc
Increased
DUI
checkpoints
and
saturations
Greatercommitment
to
CrimePreventionThroughEnvironmentalDesign
CPTED
such
as
theinstallation
of
additional
lightingand
fence
in
Normandy
Shores
in
coordination
withthePublic
Works
Department
Details
using
mobilelicense
plate
readersto
deter
potentialcriminal
activity
Creationof
a
SpecialOperation
Unit
whichserves
as
a
crime
suppression
team
addressing
vice
crimes
and
other
robberyrelated
crimes
ProfessionalDevelopment
Hosting
the
International
Association
ofChiefsof
Police
IACP
fortheir
Leadership
in
Police
Organizations
LPO
Training
for
theSouth
Florida
Region
This
three
week
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focused
on
the
systematicdevelopment
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leaders
atall
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theorganization
the
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every
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a
leader
TheLPO
coursecoaches
participants
on
howto
lead
groups
organizations
and
efforts
toward
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In
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