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The Miami-Dade County Sheriff is also known as the chief law-enforcement officer or the Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

In the state of Florida, the sheriff in each county is elected by the voters. The exception is Miami-Dade County. In Miami-Dade, the chief law-enforcement officer is appointed and goes by the title of Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. All Sheriffs and the Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department are active members of the Florida Sheriffs Association. Sheriffs serve four-year terms, and have county-wide jurisdiction that includes incorporated as well as unincorporated areas.

The Director of Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami is J.D. Patterson.

Masterís Degree, University of Miami (Public Administration), Bachelorís Degree, Barry University (Human Resource Management), FBI National Academy 203rd Session, Quantico, Virginia, EXCEL I and II, University of Miami.

U.S. Air Force served from 1978-1982.

Twenty eight years in law enforcement. Police Officer 1985, Police Corporal 1989, Police Sergeant 1990, Police Lieutenant 1993, Police Major 1999, Division Chief 2002, Investigative Services Assistant Director 2004; appointed Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, by Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, February, 2013.

Honors and Affiliations
Progressive Officerís Club (POC), National Black Police Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Dade Chiefs of Police, and Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA).

Contact Information:

Miami-Dade Police Department
9105 N.W. 25th St.
Miami, FL 33172-1500
Phone: (305) 471-3518


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