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Commander Maj. Um Set Ramos
Major Um Set Ramos

Law Enforcement training at the Miami Police Department has a long and distinguished history. From 1896, when the City of Miami was incorporated, to 1921, the law enforcement personnel received “on the job” training. It was in 1921 when Miami’s police officers were first required to pass a written test and a physical qualification requirement. In the late 1920’s, the Miami Police Department established its first training school with 20 policemen. These officers received training in first aid, criminal and courtroom procedures, use of firearms and other law enforcement procedures. Written tests were administered for civil service employment and promotions.

In 1945, Chief Walter Headley created the Miami Police Academy. Recruit Class #1 was the first police academy in Florida to establish college credit for law enforcement training. The class ran for approximately 6 weeks and included 198 hours of training. The Miami Police Academy averaged 3 classes annually, usually with 9 recruits per class. The last Miami Police Academy class was Recruit Class #82, which graduated in 1973 after 960 hours of training.

In the early 1970’s, the Miami Dade College, North Campus (MDC-N) established the Southeast Institute of Criminal Justice open to law enforcement agencies for basic law enforcement training for recruits. The Miami Police Department enrolled its recruits in the Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Class #1 from that time until 2009.

Training Administration Unit
  1. How many officers were processed through mandatory classes for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement?
    Processed 243 officers for Florida Department of Law Enforcement mandatory training.
  2. Were there any other mandatory trainings conducted during 2015 and if so, how many officers did you schedule (total).
    Conducted other mandatory training for 1,231 officers.
  3. You conducted 52 number of classes for 601 number of police officers for School of Professional Development training
  4. How many Region XIV career development courses or sessions did you conduct? What are these for? (Explain why officers have to take these). Provide total number of officers who attended. Provide total number of officers who attended. Provide number of reimbursable funds generated as a result of these classes.
    Conducted 15 Region XIV courses. Career and Development Training courses consists of advanced and/or specialized training courses that are provided to sworn police personnel to enhance the officer’s knowledge, skills and abilities for the job performed. Total number of officers who attended is 325. The reimbursable funds totaled $87,837.00.
Miami Police Academy Unit

  1. How many Police Academy Class and Auxiliary Police Academy Class were conducted during 2015? State the numbers.
    Conducted 7 Police Academy Classes and an Auxiliary Academy Class in 2015. They are PAC 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114 and 115
  2. How many police recruits were enrolled (total) and how many graduated?
    Police Recruits Enrolled: 177; Graduated: 58 (4 classes has not completed).
  3. How many of these recruits were employed by the Miami Police Department?
  4. How many of these recruits were sponsored and employed by other agencies and list the agencies.
    14 Recruits were sponsored and employed by the following agencies:
    Coral Gables PD12
    Golden Beach PD1
    Miami Garden PD1
  5. How many of these recruits were self-sponsored? There are 34 recruits who were self-sponsored.
  6. List the total amount of tuition revenues generated by year’s end?
    Tuition revenues collected over $264,780.48 from Police Academy Class (Physical Agility test, Fingerprinting, Tuition), International Policing Institute (internship, dormitory rooms), HR218, Classroom/Auditorium rental, Range Rental, and Department of Children and Families.
  7. How many months of training does each PAC involve?
    Full-time Police Academy Class is a 6-month schedule.
  8. Does our Training Unit have a ranking in the nation?
    Not Applicable.
International Policing Institute

  1. How many international delegates visited and from what countries?
    We hosted international delegates from Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Guyana, Netherlands, and Taiwan
  2. What types of trainings did we provide to the delegates?
    We coordinated with the Office of Youth, Education & Security-USAID/Dominican Republic in hosting a police reform workshop for a group of high-ranking officials from Santo Domingo. The workshop, held Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Police College, aimed to further efforts by the Dominican Government to complete legislation to reform the national police, with a specific focus on transparency, accountability and strengthening police-community relations. Workshop topics included criminal investigations, internal affairs, and recruitment and selection.
    We coordinated with Personnel Resource Management to provide one week of HR training to two (2) military police officers from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in April 2015.
    We provided a department tour to thirty-two (32) Colombian Police Officers in March 2015.
    We gave a Police College tour to four (4) police officers from Belgium.
    We held a COMPSTAT presentation for a group of thirty (30) of Brazilian delegates consisting of police officers and Fire Fighters on November 16, 2015.
  3. Did we have any internship? Please and explain.
    Anna Ogneva, a police trainee from Germany’s Berlin School of Law and Economics, completed a three-week International Policing Institute internship in March 2015.
    Vytautas Zumas, a police supervisor from Formosa, Brazil, assigned to the narcotics repression division, completed a two-week International Policing Institute internship in April 2015.
    IPI assisted a researcher from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands with his studies on community policing in the US by allowing him to observe Police Academy classes throughout the month of August 2015. The PhD Candidate attended classes such as Fundamentals of Patrol, Building Police Community Partnership (BPCP), and Interactions in a Diverse Community.
    Three police trainees from Germany’s Berlin School of Law and Economics completed International Police Institute internships in September, 2015.
    Taiwanese police officer Ching-Tang Hsu completed a one-week International Policing Institute Internship in October 2015.
  4. What did you do in 2015 to generate more funds?
    The International Policing Institute Liaison, as a marketing objective, updates Training Section website, specifically International Institute, to include the requirements and relevant information. Our website is a channel to our international market of potential clients and provides follow-up with excellent customer service response to all inquiries. Continuously maintain relationship with Berlin School of Economics and Law, which is the police academy in Berlin, Germany for their trainee detective or trainee police officers. Established a relationship with Office of Youth, Education & Security (YES) USAID/Dominican Republic in hopes of organizing police reform training for police officers from Santo Domingo.
    Each international law enforcement officer who tours the Miami Police Department receives IPI information as well as an MPD Annual Report. In 2014, tours were given to law enforcement personnel from Argentina, Belgium, Netherlands and the Vatican in hopes of attracting international law enforcement to enlist in an IPI internship. Internship proposals are generated and forwarded to responsible party for group that includes the scope of training and include dorm room reservation. Total funds generated in 2015 are $13,175.
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