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Office of the Chief of Police

The Office of the Chief of Police is responsible for the overall command of all sworn officers and non-sworn employees. Members of the Office of the Chief coordinate; long-range planning, policy development and review, employee development and training, labor relations and personnel management, financial management and purchasing, employee accountability, and media relations.

The Office of the Chief of Police is responsible for the overall command of all sworn officers and non-sworn employees. Members of the Office of the Chief coordinate; long-range planning, policy development and review, employee development and training, labor relations and personnel management, financial management and purchasing, employee accountability, and media relations.

Professional Compliance Unit

The Professional Compliance Unit is managed by Captain Marilyn Gonzalez, who reports directly to the Chief of Police. The Division's mission is to insure the integrity of the Miami Gardens Police Department and to protect the public, through fair, thorough, and proactive investigations of alleged police misconduct. To accomplish this goal, the Professional Compliance Unit has established a system of internal review.

The Professional Compliance Unit is responsible for accepting complaints regarding allegations of misconduct or unlawful activity against departmental employees. The Professional Compliance Unit's Captain reviews every citizen complaint. If the complaint is of conduct that would violate police procedures or laws, Professional Compliance Unit will conduct the investigation. Minor complaints are forwarded to the members division for investigation; however, the Professional Compliance Unit will monitor all investigations. If a crime is alleged, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office will be contacted as part of the investigation.

The Miami Gardens Police Department is interested in the welfare of all citizens, and in taking proper action when employees are proven negligent in their duties and/or are guilty of wrongdoing. Our citizens can be confident they will receive a fair and thorough investigation. The Miami Gardens Police Department officers are dedicated individuals who are diligently performing their duties in an effort to better serve you and our community.

Professional Compliance Unit - Captain Gonzalez

Captain Gonzalez joined the Miami Gardens as the Director of Training in December 2006, as part of the initial transition team. Captain Gonzalez began her law enforcement career in 1981 as a Public Service Aide and Police Officer with the City of Miami Police Department. During her tenure with the Miami Police Department, she worked Operations, Marine Patrol, Underwater Recovery Team, Support Services, General Investigations Unit, Crime Suppression Team and the Training Unit. She was the first female in the Underwater Recovery Team. After 25 years of law enforcement Captain Gonzalez retired from the Miami Police Department Training Center Commander.

Captain Gonzalez manages the Profession Compliance Unit and the Training Unit. The Professional Compliance Unit receives all complaints regarding allegations of misconduct or unlawful activity against department employees and ensures officers are trained to perform with standards. Captain Gonzalez holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University in Organizational Leadership.

Training Unit

The Miami Gardens Police Department Training Unit provides employees of the Department with high quality training including both entry level and in-service training. Additionally, the Training Unit has the responsibility for coordinating and arranging all outside training, coordinating and monitoring academy training for new employees, conducting both pre and post academy orientation for new employees, maintaining training records for all employees, and operating all classroom facilities.

The Training Unit is staffed by both civilian and sworn personnel. In addition to the staff assigned to the unit, the Department has a number of instructors that teach courses in their area of expertise such as domestic violence, leadership, juvenile procedures, and human diversity. The Training staff is responsible for both State mandated training and in-service training. The Training Unit conducts research, training and development of weapons, equipment, tactics and procedures. Members of this Unit are responsible for training all personnel in a variety of topics to include: Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism Response, Incident Command, and Rapid Action Tactics for School Shootings. The City of Miami Gardens requires that our police officers maintain the highest level of proficiency, skill and professionalism. The Training Unit is a crucial entity in maintaining these high standards.

Training Unit - Sergeant Gerald Machurick

Sergeant Machurick has over 35 years of experience in law enforcement, retiring from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as the Backgrounds Investigation Sergeant in September 2007. During his law enforcement career, he was a K-9 unit Sergeant, Marine Patrol Sergeant and served on a Street Crimes Unit. He also served on a SWAT team as an Operator, Sniper, SWAT Team Commander and as a Motorcycle Officer. He has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. His areas of instructional expertise include Sudden Custody Death, Hobble Restraint, TASER Master Instructor, K9, RADAR/LASER, EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations), Simunitions, Rapid Response, Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun Instructor certified.

Since September 2007, Sergeant Machurick has been employed with the Miami Gardens Police Department. He is the Training Unit Sergeant and coordinates training for all sworn officers and non-sworn personnel. Sergeant Machurick believes mental training is just as important as physical training when it comes to success. Like physical fitness, mental toughness is something that can be taught and learned. Yet many officers have not learned the psychological skills needed to develop their best game. We should constantly critique our responses to calls. It is your job to ALWAYS bring your "A" game to work every day. There are no alibis or administrative timeouts on the street.