The Miami-Dade Police Department (formerly known
as the Metro-Dade Police Department and the Dade County Sheriff's Office) is a limited-service Metropolitan police department
serving Miami-Dade County's unincorporated areas, although they have lenient mutual aid agreements with other municipalities,
most often the City of Miami Police Department. The Miami-Dade Police Department is the largest police department in the state
of Florida with over 5,000 employees. The Department is still often referred by its former name, the Metro-Dade Police or
simply Metro. Miami-Dade police are easily identified by their khaki uniforms. Miami-Dade Police vehicles are identified by
their green and white livery. Regular Miami-Dade police officers carry silver badges, while officers with the ranks of Sergeant
and above carry gold badges.
On Miami-Dade Police badges and ID cards, Miami-Dade
police officers are referred to as "Deputy Sheriffs" although in regular everyday practice they're just called "police officers."
The Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department is also occasionally referred to as "the Sheriff."
The Miami-Dade Police Department operates out
of nine districts throughout Miami-Dade County and has two special bureaus.