MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Despite 2020 being a challenging year for Law Enforcement and government agencies with the sudden onset and ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) is reporting a decrease in the City’s homicides and overall crime rate for the calendar year.
Contrast to previous reports that Miami-Dade County’s murder rate had a “sharp increase,” Miami Gardens has seen a thirty-three percent (33%) decrease in homicides and an overall thirty-one percent (31%) decrease in Part 1 Crimes.
Further supporting its crime reduction accomplishments, MGPD recently received its initial approval from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) assessors, which increases a Law Enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of public safety services to the community it serves.
In December 2020, CFA assessors visited MGPD and conducted an in-depth review of every aspect of the agency’s organization, management, operations and administration. An assessment was also conducted on the agency’s goals and objectives including provisions for periodic updating. The evaluators analyzed whether MGPD’s resources are being used in accordance with those identified goals, objectives, and mission. In conclusion, the assessors expressed their approval and highly recommended that MGPD become an accredited agency. The official accreditation occurred in February 2021.
This accreditation means the community has an enhanced understanding of the Police Department, its role and has met its goals and objectives by increasing citizen confidence in the policies and practices. It is a “stamp of approval” on MGPD’s professionalism, as the team remains committed to building confidence internally and externally through policies and procedures. The Department will be re-evaluated every three (3) years to retain the designation.