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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 2013 calendar year, the significant accomplishments are listed as follows:
  • Recipient of Unit Citation Award for outstanding services rendered by Chief of Police in November 2013;
  • Hosted Public Corruption Investigation Conference in collaboration with Miami Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust on May 9-10, 2013;
  • Director and 2 sworn staff members conducted and provided manual on US Constitutional Laws, Firearms Training DetailUnion Agreements, Discrimination training, City of Miami Administration Policy and Miami Police Department Departmental Orders at Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (JAPER), Training Curriculum Development Workshop in October r2013 in Brasilia, Brazil, at the request of the US Embassy of Brasilia, Brazil with additional training requested in the following areas for 2014: Internal Affairs (conducted 2 sessions Dec 2•6 and 9•13, 2013), Basic Criminal Investigations, and Homicide Investigations;
  • Participated as a vendor to market Miami Police Academy and Recruitment & Selection at the National Black Police Association 41st Annual Conference on August 12-16, 2013;
  • Initiated department wide Taser® Axon flex body camera study, in-service, to have the ability to review incident and more accurately compile police reports;
  • Miami Police College Indoor Range is fully operational for firearms certification, HR 218, and rental;
  • Mounted permanent display of Best of the Best for Police Academy performance and achievement;
  • Updated 2013/2014 Veterans Affairs school catalog for continued GI Bill eligibility;
  • Attended Career Resource event for military personnel to market Miami Police Academy;
  • Assisted in a Gun Buy Back Event and collected 80 guns;
  • Compiled results of 1,252 sworn & civilian employees who completed mandatory Ethics & Professionalism Online Training Course using In2vate and MPD Intranet;
  • Conducted Taser® X2 Training for 239 Officers;
  • Conducted a Child Support Services Seminar on security issues at their office ;
  • Conducted 18 mandatory Traffic And Criminal Software (TRACS) class for 199 officers;
  • Conducted 5 Investment in Excellence for Retirees class with 113 students;
  • Conducted 6 Independent Police Academy Classes (PAC), which included a Part-time and Auxiliary classes, with 92 PAC and 11 Auxiliary graduates out of 276 applicants;
  • Conducted 101 classes for 1,647 officers for School of Professional Development Training;
  • Conducted Public Service Aide Class for 11 employees;
  • Collected over $635,620.58 in revenue from Police Academy Class (Physical Agility test, Fingerprinting , Tuition), International Policing Institute (internship, dormitory rooms), HR218, Classroom/Auditorium rental, and Range Rental;
  • Our training center has one of the highest passing rate of the State Officer Certification Exam;
  • Hosted international law enforcement professionals from Korea, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, and United Kingdom , through the Miami Police College International Policing Institute;
  • Conducted 13 classes for 277 officers for Region XIV and Career Development Service training with $94,232.79 reimbursable funds;
  • Conducted 42 classes for 645 officers complete mandatory FDLE requirements, including Survival training;
  • Conducted 20 Firearms Qualifications classes for 644 officers ;
  • Conducted 6 POST class for 74 newly hired officers;
  • Conducted 15 sessions of Electronic A-Form training for 135 officers;
  • Hosted 13 students for 14-week student internship;
  • Conducted site visits, tours, and informational sessions for 29 visitors;
  • Coordinated continuing education and degree classes with Barry University and Union Institute & University to assist police employees achieve their educational goals;
  • Awaiting approval to become a certified Testing Center by Florida Department of Law Enforcement to administer Florida Basic Abilities Test & Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test;
  • Maintain Facebook® link to the training center website;
  • Linked to YouTube® to showcase training center to potential students of the Miami Police Academy.
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Contact Information
Miami Police Department Training Center
400 N.W. 2 Avenue, Room 327
Miami, Florida  33128
Phone: (305) 603-6624
Fax: (305) 579-6143

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Phone: (305) 603-6130