Chief Antonio G. Brooklen
As a native of Miami Gardens, Chief Antonio Brooklen serves its residents as if everyone was a member of his family. Dedicated to service, improving quality of life, and creating positive interactions with the community, Chief Brooklen is a natural fit to lead the Miami Gardens Police Department. With over 20 years of experience, Chief Brooklen joined the City of Miami Gardens Police Department on August 27, 2007. Immediately upon joining the force, he was named to the transition team that helped build the current department.
Chief Brooklen served in several capacities within the Department prior to being appointed as Interim Chief of Police on February 27, 2015. He was assigned to the Operations Bureau, which is the largest Bureau in the Police Department, where he was responsible for overall command of the majors, captains, sergeants and officers assigned to the Patrol and Special Operations Divisions.
In his role as Interim Chief, he administered and managed the Department’s police personnel and analyzed and resolved problems and emergency situations relating to the functionality of the Operations Bureau. He was also responsible for implementing and enforcing departmental rules and regulations, as well as city ordinances and policies.
Chief Brooklen began his career in law enforcement, at the age of 18, with the Miami-Dade Police Department serving as a Public Service Aide. After just six months with the agency, he was quickly accepted into the police academy at the age of 19. During his tenure with Miami Dade Police Department Chief Brooklen ascended through the ranks swiftly; he tested in the top five of every promotional examination. He was promoted to Sergeant at the age of 23 years old, Lieutenant at the age of 26 years old, Police Major at the age of 32 years old. He served as the Operations Captain until being promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief of the Miami Gardens Police Department on May 10, 2014.
Chief Brooklen is an advocate of community service. Presently he serves on the Board of Directors of the Progressive Officer’s Club; is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated; the Miami Kiwanis Club, which awards over $850,000.00 in charitable gifts and scholarships, and a member of the 5000 Role Models Excellence Project, which annually awards scholarships to minority students in Miami-Dade County. His law enforcement memberships include: The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA), and the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police (MDCACP). He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Lynn University and holds memberships in the Alumni Association and the National Honor Society. Chief Brooklen is married and the proud father of four (4) daughters.