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Chief of Police Matthew Boyd

Matthew Boyd was selected to be the first Chief of Police of the City of Miami Gardens. Chief Boyd is a veteran law enforcement officer who served for 24 years with the Miami Dade Police Department retiring at the rank of Major. During his decorated career, Chief Boyd served in many capacities including uniform patrol, Community Policing Unit, Vice Investigations and the Warrants Bureau. In his last assignment as the District Commander in the area incorporated today as the City of Miami Gardens, Chief Boyd developed an affinity for this fledgling city and wanted to be an integral part of its growth and development.

Chief Boyd has thousands of hours of law enforcement and management training including graduating from the 225th FBI National Academy Session. Chief Boyd holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University. In 2012, Chief Boyd was elected President of the Miami-Dade County Chiefs of Police Association.

Chief's Letter

Upon accepting the position of Chief of Police of the City of Miami Gardens, I realized I was about to embark on a journey few can comprehend. Starting a police department from the ground up has been and will continue to be a labor intensive effort that has been very rewarding. As I continue to meet with residents and business owners in the city, I find a spirit of excitement and anticipation regarding the expectations of this police department and people's desire to be safe and secure.

I give the citizens of Miami Gardens my pledge to act swiftly, fairly and consistently in stamping out the criminal element within our city. This Department will treat people with respect and dignity while ensuring that our motto "Building a Safer Community" is met. I believe that the community and the police department must be partners in our quest to reduce crime in our community and I encourage all citizens of Miami Gardens to join with me in this effort.

I began my career on the streets of Miami Dade County and a major portion of my career was spent in the City of Miami Gardens. I have seen the city grow over the years and from many different levels. It is my sincere desire to serve the citizens of this great city with pride and commitment and give them a place to call home where they are free from fear. Since "going live" in December 2007, this department, in cooperation with the residents, has reduced crime 30% in the City of Miami Gardens.

Please join myself and our officers in continuing to combat crime in our city to make it a greater place to raise families, work, and play. Together we can make a difference and will continue to see the positive results of our efforts.

Matthew Boyd