As the City of Doral celebrates 20 years of growth and welcomes new leadership, the safety of the residents and business owners is the top priority. With a zero tolerance approach to crime, Doral is well on its way with the substantial increase of public safety thanks to support form leadership and the new Doral Police Chief, Edwin Lopez, who vast experience in community policing, innovative ideas, and a steadfast commitment to the safety of residents. Chief Lopez was previously the Chief of Police for Miami-Dade Schools Police Department where his leadership exemplified his experience and knowledge that will be key in taking Doral Police Department to the next level. His proven track record in successfully hiring and retaining quality officers will be beneficial to Doral as our community continues to grow, requiring more police presence with an emphasis on community policing, and forward- thinking law enforcement strategies to keep our City safe.
In the past few months there has been a greater presence of police officers in Doral streets, commercial areas, and communities, which has resulted in a 12% reduction in crimes. The police department is energized and working hard with significant arrests being made in high profile cases related to burglaries, narcotics, theft, and assault. In addition, the department along with the Mayor’s office have engaged in several community meetings, meeting with over 500 residents to educate, inform, and foster relationships with communities.
In addition to fighting crime, the Doral Police Department also carries out several outreach efforts that help to keep our community safe:
Community Policing focuses on building positive relationships with the community. It underlines proactive problem-solving in a routine manner. Community Policing encourages partnerships with various organizations such as schools, local churches, and community based organizations. Rather than responding to crime only after it occurs, community policing encourages officers to proactively develop solutions in partnership with the community.
The School Resource Unit (SRO) Unit is an extension of the Doral Police Department’s dedication to our Community Policing philosophy. The officers assigned to a school possess the skill to build relationships, solve problems and enforce the law while focusing on the quality of life within the school and surrounding community.
The School resource Officers (SROs) accomplish this by being proactive and community driven. Officers teach a number of programs such as D.A.R.E., anti-bullying, drug awareness, and safe driving
The Police Service Aide Academy Training is a limited admittance academy. The Police Service Aide Academy will prepare applicants for employment as Community Service Officers, Traffic Crash Investigators, and Parking Enforcement Specialists in accordance with Chapters 316.640 and 943, Florida Statute. Courses topics include but are not limited to Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Parking Enforcement, Traffic Crash Investigation, First Aid, Vehicle Operation, Radio Communications, Report Writing, Traffic Control, Ethics, Crime Scene Investigation and much more. Simulated activities and applied skills compliment the classroom instruction. In accordance with State Law, a student must pass the academy with a score of 80 percent to successfully complete the Academy. This is a highly structured and disciplined program. Applicants must maintain excellent attendance and cannot miss more than 10 percent of scheduled class sessions.
The Training Unit is responsible for planning, revising, implementing evaluating, and updating training programs to ensure that all training is job related and conforms to current law and Departmental directives. The Training Unit coordinates, develop, and implement training for all department personnel, sworn and civilian. This involves certification courses, specialty courses, annual in-service and recertification training, and working with other units to assist with requested or identified training needs. The Training Unit appropriately documents, enhances the knowledge, skills, and abilities of Department personnel necessary for performing their duties concurrent with current law enforcement practice. Training is an important component to providing quality law enforcement services to the community.
Training should be consistent with the Department’s mission and values as well as goals and objectives. The Doral Police Department is also accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) a standard that reflects the dedication and professionalism of the Doral police officers. The department also oversees Emergency Management with a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center in which all City departments and key agencies gather and are ready to response in case of any emergency!
We invite you to follow the Doral PD on Instagram (@DoralPD) and Twitter (@DoralPolice) to engage with our police department and learn more about everything they are doing to keep Doral safe!
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