Interim Chief Antonio G. Brooklen
Interim Chief Antonio G. Brooklen joined the City of Miami Gardens’ Police Department on August 27th, 2007, and was assigned to the transition team that helped build the Department. Interim Chief Brooklen was appointed as Interim Chief of Police on February 27, 2015.
Interim Chief Antonio G. Brooklen is currently assigned to the Operations Bureau and is responsible for the largest Bureau in the Police Department. He has overall command of the majors, captains, sergeants and officers assigned to the Patrol Division and the Special Operations Divisions.
In his supervisory and administrative role, Interim Chief Brooklen administers and manages the Department’s police personnel, analyzes and resolves problems and emergency situation as it relates to the functionality of the Operations Bureau, and implements and enforces departmental rules and regulations, as well as city ordinances and policies.
Interim Chief Brooklen started off his career with the Miami Dade Police Department as a Public Service Aide at the age of 18 years old, and after just six months in that classification he was quickly accepted into the police academy at the age of 19. He ascended through the ranks swiftly as he tested in the top five of every promotional examination. Interim Chief Brooklen was promoted to Sergeant at the age of 23 years old; he made Lieutenant at the age of 26, Police Major at the age of 32 years old, and was an Operations Captain until being promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief of the Miami Gardens Police Department on May 10, 2014.
In addition to the above snapshot, Interim Chief Brooklen has served on the Board of Directors of the Progressive Officer’s Club; is a proud and pro-active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; the Miami Kiwanis Club, awarding over $350,000.00 in charitable gifts and scholarships; a member of the 5000 Role Models Excellence Project, which annually awards scholarships to minority students in Miami-Dade County. He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Lynn University and holds memberships in the Alumni Association and the National Honor Society.