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  • Stead Says - April 2017
    Posted On: Jun 05, 2017

    Here we are again with a new month starting and, as the tradition says, “April showers bring May flowers.” Another fun fact about April, it's Alcohol Awareness Month, which seems appropriate as it follows St. Patrick's Day and its tradition of consuming lots and lots of green beer. So, as we prepare for Easter, I was recently asked where the tradition of Easter eggs originated, so for those of you who are wondering, here you go: 

    “Eggs are a potent symbol of life, renewal and rebirth dating back millennia. The egg adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter. The hard shell of the eggs represents the tomb and the emerging chick represents Jesus, whose resurrection conquered death. The tradition of eating eggs on Easter is tied to Lent, the six-week period before Easter during which Christians traditionally abstained from all animals products, including meat, dairy and eggs. Since chickens continue to lay eggs throughout Lent, people would hard boil the eggs, decorate them and save them for Easter.”

    Last month, the PBA's Ride & Rally was a fun-filled event, and I would like to give a BIG thanks to all those who came out to support a good cause. I would especially like to thank all those  who volunteered their time that day. I was tasked with handling the Tropical Park part of the ride, and this could not have been accomplished without the great support and assistance of all our volunteers; from the mini Police Explorers, the young Marines, and the officers that gave their time to ensure the event ran smoothly. To the multi-agency honor guard and motormen, we give a special thank you. Your steadfast dedication does not go unnoticed, “We See You!”  We would be remiss if we did not also thank Miami Dade County Commissioner, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, and his dedicated staff, for the many hours they put in to see that the event went off without a hitch. 

    As some of you may be aware, we here in Miami-Dade County are gearing up for contract negotiations with the County, together with some other cities. The City of Florida City is on fire, and I would like to congratulate Mayor Otis Wallace, along with the City Council of Florida City, for their aggressive business friendly approach, which has definitely turned the economic future around. It certainly helps their police officers in keeping public safety a top priority. The Mayor and City Council has brought in hotels, restaurants and is on track to building a casino. As we approach contract negotiations with the County, I hope that our Mayor and County Commissioners stay focused, and continue to ensure public safety remains at the top of the list. We must continue hiring police officers, and funding vital projects that are important to the police department, such as 
    a well-running communications bureau, with a radio system that is working efficiently. If I can offer any advice to the City Manager of Homestead, it would be that he sit down with Florida City’s Mayor Wallace and take some pointers on being business friendly.

    Congratulations to South Miami Police Chief, Rene Landa, and his command staff, on its recent re-accreditation. This re-accreditation process consisted of building inspections, interviews of employees and file reviews to ensure they have maintained compliance with standards set for CFLEA. Chief Landa is always active in the community, he assisted with our Ride & Rally, and is also a huge supporter and participant in the March of Dimes Walk for Diabetes. Once again, congratulations Chief Landa and staff. 

    ATTENTION all fishermen: as I stated last month, the PBA has teamed up with the Hispanic Police Officers Association (HPOA) on hosting a Dolphin Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, June 3rd. All the monies raised from this event will be going to the PBA Love Fund along with the HPOA Foundation, which helps police officers and their families in their time of need. Anyone wishing to participate or donate just give me a call at the PBA or email me at steadman@dcpba.org. 

    I hope everyone has a great Easter, and I have said in the past and I will continue to say. Please get your Wills done, it is a free service that we offer here at the PBA for its members, and I promise after we have 100% compliance, I will never bring this topic up again.

    See you next month, stay safe.

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