the Miami Dade County Police Department
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.
Michael R. Ronczkowski, MPA,
began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a police officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department in Miami, Florida. Having
risen through the ranks, he continues to serve in an upper management capacity as a Major overseeing the Department's
Homeland Security Bureau. He is also an adjunct professor teaching courses on terrorism, analysis, and the criminal justice
system at Florida Atlantic University.
graduate of the FBI National Academy and recognized internationally for his analytical skills and crime mapping expertise,
Mike has presented analytical material at numerous conferences and workshops for various international associations and the
National Institute of Justice. He managed a county-wide analytical intelligence unit for over 8 years, has written analytical
policy, procedures, and training protocols, and has developed analytical databases and information resources.
Michael Ronczkowski is the author of Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime.
According to the book description of Terrorism and Organized
Hate Crime, “In response to the current terror threat, law enforcement agencies must now determine how
to train analysts and properly identify and respond to critical intelligence. This book explores the issues that all analysts
face, including what information to gather, how to analyze it, and the effectiveness of crime analysts investigating terrorism.
Events now mandate the unavoidable importance of understanding "terrorism analysis." This expert overview provides
the crucial foundation of criminal intelligence gathering and analysis and defines the nature of terrorism and its practitioners,
subjects of vital importance if agencies are to play an effective role in the battle against terror.”