Under the immediate direction of Chief of Police the Legal Advisor provides the following services:
- Updates and educates department personnel on recent court rulings and other legal matters.
- Provides legal advice to police personnel concerning state statutes, federal statutes, and city ordinances.
- Serves as legal counsel to the Chief of Police concerning department policies.
- Serves as department liaison with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.
- Litigates all forfeiture actions.
- Reviews public records requests.
- Monitors the destruction of all property and evidence seized by department personnel.
Assistant City Attorney/Police Legal Advisor - Nicole F. Dixon Scott
Upon graduating from Miami Norland Senior High School, Nicole Dixon Scott matriculated to Fisk University in Nashville, TN where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1991. Mrs. Dixon Scott then attended the University of Miami School of Law where she earned her Jurist Doctor in 1996.
Prior to joining the City of Miami Gardens Police Department as their Police Legal Advisor, Mrs. Dixon Scott worked for Miami-Dade Police Department, Police Legal Bureau as a Police Legal Advisor. She was responsible for providing legal advice to the Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, command staff and other sworn police officials and conducting research on a variety of legal issues affecting the department. She also prosecuted civil forfeiture actions, coordinated various litigation matters, and reviewed departmental documents for legal sufficiency. Other duties include legal instruction at the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, reviewing amendments to Florida Statutes, and drafting ordinances and resolutions.
Prior to working for the Miami-Dade Police Department, Mrs. Dixon-Scott worked for the Office of the Attorney General, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. As an Assistant Attorney General, Mrs. Dixon-Scott, represented the State of Florida in child welfare matters, provided counsel advice to Protective Investigators and Community-Based Care (“CBC”) partners in child welfare legal issues, coordinated with those Investigators and CBC partners to review potential cases and prepared those personnel as witnesses in filed cases, and representing the State in all Chapter 39 dependency cases, at the trial court.