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  • President's Message - December 2016
    Updated On: Feb 28, 2017

    Line of Duty

    Our profession has been under immense, oftentimes unwarranted scrutiny, along with the ambush attacks we’ve been experiencing. That’s exactly why the PBA has commissioned a song to be written as our attempt to use the arts as a way to begin a healing process, but even more importantly, to develop respect for one another throughout all communities across America and the world. The song is a first of its kind anywhere in the nation. This month’s HEAT cover features excerpts from that song, “Line of Duty,” which was written and produced for the Dade County PBA as a means of promoting respect and awareness between law enforcement and the community we serve and protect. 

    Grammy Award winning and world renown recording artist, Jon Secada, and Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter, Joel Someillan, collaborated and really took great pride in coming up with a song that truly captured and reflected our sacrifices and our commitment to doing what is right. I thank them for their unwavering support of law enforcement and for truly pouring their heart and soul into this project. It is an honor to have their caliber of talent and support behind us.

    Proceeds will benefit the Love Fund, please take the time to listen to it and help us spread the word about this awesome song!

    “A total disaster”

    Those words were used by the Florida Elections Department in Tallahassee, as they described the Miami-Dade Elections Department, recently, when a lawyer called to get guidance on violations committed, and admitted, by the local elections department.

    Raquel Regalado has always had the courage to challenge the so-called powerful establishment here in Miami-Dade County. She has a genuine distaste for the subverting of the law, by people in elected positions, and has embarked on many crusades to right the wrongs. That could be a full-time career here in Miami-Dade. If money is in the equation, in any shape or form, someone in Miami-Dade County will certainly lead the way in converting the idea into fraud. Medicaid, Medicare, identity thefts, auto and cargo thefts, insurance fraud, personal injury fraud, Obama-care fraud - just name it and we either created it, or perfected it. Election-type frauds are no exception. 

    Time and again, we’ve seen problems with every aspect of the system. In the case with Carlos Gimenez, his campaign wrote a check with an incorrect date on it. According to statements taken in a deposition, a Miami-Dade County worker fell on the sword and said that she took it upon herself to pull the check and notify the Gimenez campaign of the error. Then, according to the worker, Gimenez’ minions showed up late at night, under the cover of darkness, and after normal working hours, which was the eve of the last day of qualifying, and submitted another regular check.

    Assuming that her testimony is true, she violated a section in the law that says that the election department cannot do anything to influence an election. Once again, assuming her testimony is true, Gimenez’ check would have gone to the bank and Gimenez would have been disqualified from running for office. One problem is that personnel in the MD Elections department work directly for the mayor. Maybe we’ll see her get a sweet promotion should Gimenez prevail. It’s an incestuous relationship to say the least. 

    Miami-Dade’s defense was that they considered the wrong date to be incomplete, and not inaccurate. If incomplete, they could contact a candidate and say you are missing a form, etc. but, the statue, along with their very own handbook, clearly says that their duties are purely ministerial and are not to point out inaccurate information, which would aid the candidate. In this situation they clearly aided Carlos Gimenez and, but for that very fact, this community would have been rid of the worst Mayor in Miami-Dade history.

    Another tragic loss

    Once again, we try to make sense of the loss of a valued colleague but quite honestly we can’t. City 

    of Miami Officer Jorge Sanchez, a 26-year veteran, and 11 months away from retirement, was struck by a vehicle in a multiple car crash which sent 12 people to the hospital. Officer Sanchez was on his way to work when he was struck from behind. Sanchez leaves behind 3 children, mother, and fiancé. His son, Eric, is also a Miami Police Officer.

    Our deepest condolences to the family and the entire City of Miami Police Department. May he rest in peace.

    Chief Mark Overton

    Bal Harbour Police Chief Mark Overton died, months after he was hospitalized following a heart 
    attack. Overton was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after suffering the heart attack back on July 4th. The 53 year-old was married with two children. Overton had also served as Chief of the City of Hialeah. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

    Janet Reno 

    Janet Reno, former Miami-Dade prosecutor who was tapped by Bill Clinton to become the country’s first female attorney general, died on Nov. 7th at her home in Miami. She was 78.The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, according to her goddaughter, Gabrielle D’Alemberte. Ms. Reno was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1995, while she was attorney general. She was an imposing figure within the office and made it a point to know the names of her staff, which she visited often. She would frequently walk the halls of the justice building, and at times sitting as co-counsel on some high profile cases. While she didn’t enjoy a great relationship with law enforcement, she was a respected individual. Maybe, one day I’ll share a story of a lively disagreement she and I had, but for now, I offer her family and friends our deepest condolences. May she rest in peace. 

    Sunny Isles PD

    Once again, dealing with the City of Sunny Isles has been a delight. Not just because we were able to secure a good contract, but more the way it was secured. The exchanges between the City and PBA is one of mutual respect and City of Sunny Isles is truly second to none when it comes to having every tier, from elected officials, city manager, police chief and everyone in between, who really strives to always do the right thing.

    Another year

    It is really hard to believe that another year is coming to a close. As we’ve heard so many times, where does the time go? 

    Please take a moment to reflect on the many American heroes who fought and died in Pearl Harbor on December 7th. Keep our military in your thoughts and prayers, as many of them won’t be home celebrating the holidays with their loved ones.

    And so, as we prepare for the holiday season, I want to personally wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa to all. I pray for your health and happiness and that the following year might be a blessed one for each of you.

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