Support Services Major Anthony Chapman
Major Chapman is the Support Service Commander for the Miami Gardens Police Department. He joined the Miami Gardens Police Department after working twenty years with the New York City Police Department. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant as the Commanding Officer of the Movie/TV Unit where he supervised and managed all commercial filming on the streets of New York City. His previous assignments include assorted Patrol assignments, Anti-Crime Unit, Transit Bureau, Platoon Commander, Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Auto Larceny Unit, and the Internal Affairs Bureau. Major Chapman was previously assigned as the Investigations Division Commander. Major Chapman holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Management from Bernard Baruch College. He is a member of the Miami Dade Police Chief's Association and the Kiwanis Club of Miami Gardens.
The Records Unit is staffed by a Supervisor and four Records Clerks. The Records Unit receives reviews, and processes incident and accident reports, retrieves incident and accident reports via computer and provides copies to interested parties in accordance with the law and departmental policy. The Records Unit collects all fees and possesses all legal motions, notices, and court orders for expunction or sealed requests, ensuring that all monies received. The Unit provides UCR coding, receives and scans written reports as well as all other pertinent paper submitted. On an average, members of the Records Unit process over 27,702 requests for reports from citizens and process over 17,154 reports from officers annually.
Property and Evidence Unit
The Support Services Division is also responsible for all of the Department's physical facilities, vehicles, equipment and supplies, as well as the storage of all impounded property and evidence. One of the most sensitive functions of this Division is safeguarding evidence such as narcotics, cash and weapons. In performing this function, the Property and Evidence Unit (PEU) goes to great lengths to guarantee the highest possible standards of accountability and security. On an average, members of the Property and Evidence Unit process over 3,575 of evidence and property, transport over 500 pieces of evidence to the crime lab, and over 3,500 citizen requests for property annually.
The Traffic Unit consists of five officers and two service aides supervised by a sergeant. The Traffic Unit includes Motor Officers who operate high performance motorcycles with the primary goal of modifying dangerous driving behavior through education and enforcement. Motor Officers also provide escort for dignitaries and special events.
Traffic Homicide Officers investigate fatal and serious injury vehicle crashes. Traffic Homicide Investigators receive extensive and ongoing training in vehicle crash dynamics. These Officers follow up all hit and run vehicle crashes by piecing together evidence left at the scene of traffic crashes and utilize all available methods to identified drivers that flee the scene of traffic crashes without providing necessary information required as a result of a traffic crash. The Traffic Crash Unit is also charged with reviewing all crash reports generated in the city for accuracy and crash trends that can be used to identify areas with high crash probabilities
Employees of this Unit facilitate the Red Light Camera Safety program that became operational in 2008. The Red Light Camera Safety program has proven to be vital in the reduction of intersection vehicle crashes and injuries to drivers.
Fleet Management Unit
The Unit is responsible for the assignment and maintenance of nearly 200 vehicles equipment. Members of this Unit work closely with the City of Miami Gardens Fleet Coordinator who is responsible for the purchase of all vehicles.
The Unit is responsible for the maintenance and care of all department buildings. The Facilities Manager is responsible for purchasing all building-related supplies.