March Madness has come and gone, and I'm not talking about college basketball either. I'm talking about the "madness" in Tallahassee during this past legislative session, and the ongoing attacks on the FRS, and other key issues. Fortunately, we made it through another session with no cuts to the pensions. I would personally like to thank Florida PBA Executive Director, Matt Puckett, and staff in Tallahassee, for their tireless efforts, working day in and day out, fighting for us to keep our hard earned benefits. Your work in our state capital does not go unnoticed. Thank you for all that you do!
Last month Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan along with the City of Miami Gardens City Council designated NW 175th Street, and SW 27th Avenue, as Officer Thelma Harris Way. Officer Harris was not only Miami-Dade Police Department’s first black female officer, but the State of Florida's first black female officer as well. Officer Harris was hired in 1962 after standing her ground with County personnel whom attempted to block her hiring. After an introduction to the acting Sheriff by the Department's OIC of personnel, Thelma landed an interview with the then, Sheriff, Sheriff Buchanan. Thelma must have made a big impression on him, as he hired her on the spot, but with a provisional basis. That basis being her ability to pass the police officer test. Thelma indeed passed the test, and became the first black woman to enter the police academy. Officer Harris served the department and community honorably for over twenty (20) years and paved the way for many others that came behind her. Upon her retirement she took her badge #614, the last policewoman badge of the Miami-Dade Police Department. On July 4, 2015, Officer Harris passed away, but her legacy lives on for future generations.
2016 Rally & Ride
Last month’s Rally & Ride was another huge success, and we could not have asked for better weather. We would like to extend a BIG "thank you" to all who volunteered their time and hard work in putting on the rally. Without them the event would not have been possible. The annual Rally & Ride raises money for the Love Fund, which assists families of fallen officers.
Recently the International Police Association, Region 43 invited the PBA to their Annual Appreciation Lunch, and asked us to introduce the newly appointed Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, Juan Perez. The International Police Association (IPA) is the largest and oldest worldwide fraternal police organization. A non-profit organization whose membership consists of active and retired law enforcement personnel. The association promotes global and cultural friendship among peace officers. The emphasis of the organization is friendship. They're a great group, and you can follow them on Facebook at the, International Police Association, Region 43.
Good job to the Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Unit on catching the killers of six year-old King Carter, who was tragically killed while playing in the front yard of his home. I can only imagine how difficult cases like these are. This is just another great example of the diligent and persistent hard work of the detectives, that not only worked this case, but countless others that plague our community as well. As I said earlier, your work does not go unnoticed. We here at the PBA appreciate you and your commitment to solving these hideous crimes.
See you next month. Stay safe.