This past Fourth of July weekend, Chicago experienced one of its most violent weekends with 82 residents shot, including 14 fatalities.
If the proposed changes to the budget by Mayor Carlos Gimenez are approved by Miami-Dade commissioners, the dismantling of Miami-Dade police will continue with the elimination of key units such as the robbery intervention detail and the tactical narcotics team. These cutbacks, coupled with those already enacted, will result in the elimination of about 255 sworn personnel and will signal an invitation to the criminals that Miami-Dade is where they can conduct their criminal enterprises with little fear of arrest or incarceration.
If commissioners truly care about the safety and welfare of the residents — and the men and women who place their lives on the line — they will override the mayor’s ill advised and flawed budget and restore finding for these proven programs. If not, their failure to do so will only place this county on the same violent path as Chicago, where there is no hope in sight of any meaningful relief and residents live in fear.
Charles Miller, retired captain, Miami-Dade Police Department, Davie