Juan Perez has dedicated the past 25+ years to the law enforcement profession.  He joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1990 and has been promoted through all civil service ranks.  On February 1, 2016, Juan Perez was appointed to the position of Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department by Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. 

The Miami-Dade Police Department is the largest local law enforcement agency in the southeastern United States, serving an ethnically and racially diverse community of an estimated 2.6 million residents and visitors.  The Department is committed to providing localized police services, as well as specialized support and investigative services to the Unincorporated Municipal Service Area (UMSA) and various municipalities, and sheriff services to all Miami-Dade County residents.

In his capacity as Director, he is responsible for implementing appropriate organizational change in policy, practices, procedures, and strategies to improve the overall effectiveness and responsiveness of the Department.  Director Perez oversees the activities of approximately 32 organizational elements with varying areas of responsibility. The Department provides decentralized police patrol services in eight police district stations, as well as other specialized patrol units (Seaport Operations, Aviation, Marine Patrol, Bomb Disposal, Special Response Team, and Underwater Recovery). The Department conducts centralized and highly specialized investigations of incidents of robbery, homicide, narcotics, sexual crimes, domestic crimes, missing persons, and economic crimes. Director Perez is also responsible for managing departmental personnel along with financial and technical resources ensuring the delivery of effective and professional public safety services to the Miami-Dade County community.

During his career, Director Perez has served as a supervisor in Police Services, Criminal Investigations, Homeland Security, Robbery, Chief in the Police Services’ South Operations Division, and as Deputy Director.  In his capacity as Deputy Director, he oversaw Investigative and Police Services, as well as the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and the Strategic Planning and Development Section.

Besides his law enforcement career, Director Perez is actively involved with the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT), a non-profit support organization since 2009, which serves the law enforcement community of Miami-Dade County and currently serves as the president.  Director Perez is a graduate of Saint Thomas University.  In addition, Director Perez attended the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Session Number 256, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Police Executive Leadership Institute, Session Number 2.  

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