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Virtual Justice
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About the Miami-Dade 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.




Richard Calvert’s thirty-five years of big city police work has given him up-front and hands on experience with all segments of criminal activity. As a lieutenant on the Miami-Dade Police Department, he was involved in the investigation of hundreds of crimes, complicated by the ethnic diversity of Miami; and, taking him to all corners of the United States and Puerto Rico. Richard Calvert was motivated by his disenchantment with the criminal justice system and his compassion for the victims of homicide, armed robbery, narcotics, organized crime and sexual battery, he felt compelled to write his novel – Virtual Justice. Educated at Virginia Tech and Florida International University, he holds a B.S. degree in criminology.

One reader of Virtual Justice said, “Hard truth-factual stories evolved into fiction. True to life characters that find their way into your life. The book can be cynical, sarcastic and very intriguing. Weak judges, over burdened prosecutors, weak sentences leading to more violent crimes adds fuel to violent action. A fast paced exciting, exotic and violent novel with plenty of funny and moving moments. Quick witted, snappy and sarcastic dialogue keeps the reader on edge, waiting for the hammer to fall and it does. Amazing book by a first time author. The author is not afraid to tell the truth. A must read-truly enjoyable.”

One reader of Virtual Justice said , “If the New York Times does not want to be remiss in their selection of favored books, they should recognize a new comer by the name of Richard Calvert and his recent writing of "Virtual Justice". As a former police lieutenant, now retired, he has favored us with a book so compelling and suspenseful that the best selling novelists will be looking over their shoulders. I cannot wait for Book Number Two.”

One reader of Virtual Justice said it “is a book that will hold your interest from the opening pages where a young officer is shot to the final pages with a visit to O'Steens in Saint Augustine. Two things you must do, read the book and eat shrimp at O'Steens. Both are worth while pursuits. I worked with Dick and he knows police work and the criminal injustice system. That knowledge is translated into a great piece of fiction.”

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