Miami Police Chief Haralson initiated this program in 2011, as an outreach tool to the community. The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster a spirit of cooperation and understanding between members of the community and the police department in a friendly learning environment.
This class has been designed to build a bond of mutual trust and respect between the Police Department and our citizens and to bring the police and community closer together in a setting that offers both training and understanding to each participant. Additionally, the academy highlights the importance of citizen participation in public safety by educating the public about their own awareness as concerned citizens so that we may continue to work together towards making our community the safest possible.
Those interested in exploring the inner mechanisms of the Miami Police Department will participate in many "hands on" topics such as learning CPR, experience riding in a police cruiser, and how police respond to calls and motor vehicle accidents. Participation also includes one Saturday field trip to the gun range to learn firearms safety with live fire.
The Miami Police Department has established a Chaplain Corps to serve the men and women of the Police Department and the citizens of Miami by providing pastoral and/or support services to the department's personnel and city citizens in crisis situations. The Chaplain Corps seeks, as one of its goals, to promote a positive relationship between the Police Department, the City of Miami, and community members.
Reserve Officer Program
In order to supplement patrol forces, MPD trains, equips, and deploys reserve police officers to assist with the needs of the Police Department. These officers must work by the same guidelines and laws as regular full time officers. Reserve officers are generally not compensated; however, circumstances may allow payment for certain duties.
The Miami Police Department provides a Citizen Ride-a-Long Program to form a closer relationship and better understanding with the citizens of the community. Members of the community who meet certain minimal criteria may participate in the Ride-a-Long Program by accompanying participating officers on their shifts.