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Commander Maj. Lazaro Ferro
Major Lazaro Ferro
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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 Accomplishments

The Training & Personnel Development Section, under the management of Major Lazaro Ferro, is a full-service training center meeting the training requirements of the Miami Police Department’s 1,100+ sworn officers for their in-service, annual firearms qualifications, Region XIV courses, and specialized training.  During the 2015 calendar year, the significant accomplishments are listed as follows:

  • Collaborated with U.S. Embassy, Regional Security Office - Brasilia on Homicide Investigations course held in Natal, Brazil, Jan. 26-30, 2015 (56 certificates of schievement generated).
  • Provided logistical support, including event marketing to internal and external police agencies, for the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) of American University’s presentation of “Best Practices: Immigrant Crime Victims, Language Access and the U-Visa” workshop held at Police College on February 11, 2015.
  • Coordinated a meeting with the Chief of Police for an official delegation from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, hosted by the City of Miami’s Mayor’s International Council on April 21, 2015.
  • The Miami Police Department sent the following personnel, Sergeant Herminia Salas-Jacobson, Sergeant George Law and Detective Louis Valdes, to instruct an Internal Affairs course for the Brazilian Police in Porto Grande, State of Rio Grande do Sul, May 12-16, 2015. Approximately 60 officers attended the training
  • Coordinated a one-week CSI internship for two major crime’s detectives from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, located in Asheville, NC, in May 2015.
  • Collaborated with U.S. Embassy, Regional Security Office- Brasilia on Community Policing and Fostering Racial Equality course held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, May 18-22, 2015 (45 certificates of achievement generated).
  • Provided the Director of the National Immigration Agency of Taiwan in July, 2015.
  • Officer Robert Thompson and CSI II Francisco Theye instructed General Investigation and Crime Scene Investigation courses to Brazilian Police in Recife, Brazil, July 28- August 1, 2015. Approximately 60 officers attended the training.
  • Contracted the Southern Police Institute to co-host the “Working, Controlling and Managing Major Case” course at the Miami Police College in March 2016.
  • Generated 49 certificates of achievement for Homicide Investigations course held in August 2015 in Salvador, Brazil. Planned and executed the week-long 2015 Executive Staff Retreat held in September, 2015 at Marriot Biscayne Bay.
  • Hosted Tritech Forensics training at Police College in October 2015 and rented dorms to CSI techs who attended the training.
  • Finalized Host Organization Agreement and 2015 Internship Placement Plan for S. Korean Officer to intern with MPD for the entire year of 2016.
  • Provided Miami-Dade Schools Police Department logistical support when they held a one-week School Resource Officer Instructor Techniques Course for 10 police officers from Morocco at Police College in November 2015.
  • Training coordinated the department’s participation in the Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial High School’s Annual College and Career Expo that took place on November 5, 2015. Participating units included Mounted, Motors, K-9, SWAT and Training. Generated 47 certificates of achievement for Homicide Investigations course held November 9-13, 2015 in Belém, Brazil.
  • Scheduled the Initial Law Enforcement Response to Suicide Bombing class by New Mexico Tech for February 2016 at Police College.
  • Hosted the Naval Postgraduate School's (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Executive Briefing at the Miami Police College Auditorium on December 9, 2015.
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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