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Special Investigations Section Captain Ralph Suarez

Captain Ralph Suarez began his career in law enforcement on January of 1981. He graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Class # 50 on June 5, 1981 and began working for the City of Miami Police Department as a Patrol Officer. During his tenure with the Miami Police Department, he worked in different areas of the Department to include, Patrol, Mounted Patrol, Crime Prevention Unit, Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations Section, Dignitary Protection and was the Sergeant at Arms for Mayor Xavier Suarez. He retired from the City of Miami in June 2007 as a Lieutenant in charge of the Special Victims Unit to join the Miami Gardens Police Department as a Captain in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division. Captain Suarez was part of the implementation of the Miami Gardens Police Criminal Investigations Division and the full inception of the Department's investigations duties from Miami Dade Police Department on October 1st, 2008. Captain Suarez has a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from Barry University and is a graduate from the FBI National Academy, Session 226. He also serves as the City of Miami Gardens Police Department's Public Information Officer.

Robbery/Homicide Unit -Sergeant Jose “Pepi” Granado
                                         -Sergeant Gary Smith

It is the Mission of the Miami Gardens Police Department, Robbery/Homicide Unit, to respond and thoroughly investigate all violent crimes committed in the City of Miami Gardens. Investigators will respond to all Death Cases, which include Homicides, Suicides, Accidentals, Unclassified and some Naturals when needed. This is to insure that the highest quality of investigation is afforded to the citizens of Miami Gardens and that all critical evidence (physical or verbal) is gathered and processed in a timely manner which will bring about a positive result to the case being investigated. Investigators will respond to all Robbery Incidents in order to gather critical information which is vital to the success of the case and to ultimately bring about a positive result during the prosecution phase. The thorough investigation of all Robbery/Homicide cases and their successful prosecution is the ultimate goal of the Robbery/Homicide unit.

Special Victims Unit – Sergeant Anthony Vinson

The Miami Gardens Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is assigned to investigate all sexual related crimes, missing persons, child abuse/neglect, and domestic related crimes.  

General Investigations Unit – Sergeant Douglas Skaggs                              

The Miami Gardens Police Department’s General Investigations Unit is assigned to investigate incidents within the City of Miami Gardens such as Battery, Aggravated Assault, Assault, Burglary, and Larceny. The General Investigations Unit responds to all citizen(s) complaint(s) of an investigative nature in order to maximize the effort and to have personal contact with the citizens of the City of Miami Gardens. The General Investigations Unit meets with local merchants, citizens group, church associations, local schools and civic groups to lecture and instruct on how to better safeguard their property as well as themselves against the criminal element. This effort allows for a partnership to be developed between the community and the Miami Gardens Police Department.