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Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates Chosen to Take Over Miami Beach PD

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Miami Beach may have found its new police chief. CBS Miami confirms that Aurora, Colorado police chief Dan Oates has been selected by Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales to take over for retiring chief Raymond Martinez. However, the city commission must vote on the matter before Oates officially takes the job.

Oates is best known for leading the response to the 2012 Dark Knight theater shooting and is credited with lowering crime in Aurora, but has also been criticized for taking a tough stance against medical marijuana and botching a bunch of sexual assault investigations.

See also: Ultra Music Festival Hires Miami Beach Police Chief As Its New Security Director

Oates, interestingly, got his start as a court reporter for the Atlantic City Press, where he became interested in becoming a cop. First, however, he earned a master's degree at New York University as well as a JD at New York Law School. He's still licensed to practice law in three states.

Oates got his start in law enforcement with the New York Police Department and eventually became the force's head of intelligence. In 2001, he was chosen to take over the Ann Arbor Police Department in Michigan, and in 2005, he was hired in Aurora.

There, he was charged with investigating the Aurora theater shooting. Though, our sister paper Westword reported that in 2013, his department accidentally destroyed 48 DNA tests that had been taken as evidence in rape investigations.

"We certainly screwed up in this case," Oates said.

In 2010, his department was criticized for taking a tough stance against the medical marijuana industry -- which is certainly interesting as Florida heads to the polls in November to possibly legalize medical marijuana.

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schotzi93
schotzi93

schotzi9322 hours ago

I am the wife of Aurora Colorado Police Officer and your Police agency just hired the Devil and everything that I am reading that he has done especially in such a short time, I am NOT shocked I thought at least it would be more than six or eight months that he would start changing everything about your police agency turning it upside down to where he only benefits or has the admiration to look like a chief doing awhile job while in turn he wants to remain at the top he'll make sure that the patrol officers pay keep low. OATES is a politician he is dangerous to any POLICE agency I even read that ex Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, once stated that Oates will charm you while stabbing you in the back.

Daniel Oates has preyed upon my husband and my family and for years he has put us through hell,my husband believe in himself and fought all the way plain OATES game when we just wanted to be left alone once my husband was cleared, clear, cleared, cleared from his shooting which OATES felt that he was not cleared what does this tell you about this man. I speak for the City of Aurora, the police officers, and some of the city employees staff and you have to trust me on this, that we are most delighted and thankful that this evil man is gone his narcissistic controlling ways us terrorizing a police agency it already has been done, and all I can say for your agency is get him out as soon as you can, I would recommend the "no confidence plan" I cannot tell you enough that he will change policies and procedures like as his Bible. He truly believes he is above the law and above God. He was in cahoots with the aurora sentinel paper fashion police officers and their lives and he was in cahoots what I would say the worst part aurora staffing by letting him get away with all that he did and now its too late. I heard rumors that they're taking their very sweet time I'm hiring a new police chief they don't want any replicas of a Daniel Oates and I'm sure they're going to look for more qualities and someone who actually was on the streets as a patrol officer and extreme background check.

schotzi93
schotzi93

You just shook hands with the Devil and he will destroy the moral and ruin careers.

..........Your nightmare is out relief to breath and do police work.......

Oates is a narcissistic controlling evil man he protects people he likes that will do his dirty work but cross him and watch out.

Ask Oates about his buddy Lt Jack Daluz, who had serious charges filed on him from a female civilian so Oates moves the victim and keeps Daluz at same job when in a heart beat he moves officers to shitty jobs but his friend Lt. DALUZ was facing stalking in a police car .......sexual harassment. So, facing serious charges Oates tells Daluz who have to resign or I have to fire you but if you resign you have your full pay and 29 years benefits. Oates put officer falco in records room for yelling a a teenage driver in an accident calling names putting her in tears, this was told or made up. At, a hearing the mother and daughter show up under OATH and tell them that all officers were very nice and so was officer falco, this is sabatoge and proof Oates committed PURDY on stand, is this legal and there are tapes, videos, transcripts. I dare you to pull them and see he is not a police chief, he is corrupted is the worse way. I know, and he left dodge because the shit was getting higher. Mayor Hogan had to put up with his repercussions and was afraid of Oates, Mayor Hogan came very new to Aurora, so Oates ran the show but what he doesn't know that he was not well like, except his brass monkeys that let them do a lot that was an open door for reprimand's.

George Hoover
George Hoover

Why would we bring the top cop from a city that had one of the worst massacres in history to our shores of South Beach? Who ever heard of Aurora b4 the infamous cinema slaughter! Tough on medical MJ too! wtf is Miami Beach thinking?

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

If he's inept, he'll be the perfect Chief for MB!

SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

One Memorial Day Weekend will break most of these out-of-town guys who romantically think of Miami from watching Vice re-runs and catching a cruise ship once per year at the Port.


Welcome to the NFL kid....

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

He looks like a charmer. I wonder how corrupt, abusive and violent the police will be under his leadership.

William
William

Happy to hear it is an outsider.

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

I'll give him less than a year.  He has no idea what he is dealing with. 

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Good, bring in an outside guy who's not Cuban, to control those rogue animals.

schotzi93
schotzi93

OMG.....HE CHARM YOU WITH HIS SMILE WHILE STABBING YOU IN THE BACK, THIS WAS A COMMENT FROM EX MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI WHO ALSO STATES OATES IS A POLITICIAN AND IS DANGEROUS TO ANY POLICE AGENCY.

HE WILL DESTROY YOUR POLICE AGENCY IN TIME BRINGING DOWN THE MORAL.

YOU JUST HIRED AND SHOOK HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, HE IS TOXIC AND WATCH OUT FOR YOUR JOBS OR CAREERS. ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS HIM AND HIS PAY HE IS ABOVE THE LAW AND GOD.

HE REMINDED ME OF A WANT TO BE A JOHN GOTTI....... HE IS NARCISSISTIC CONTROLLING AND GOOD LUCK TO MB!!!

schotzi93
schotzi93

Right, and he destroyed our Aurora Colorado Police agency, mostly he took the moral team work kept everyone on their toes and the officers hated him!

You shook hands with the Devil and in time he'll change your whole police department.

He left dodge because the shit was high. He got his interview by Mayor Morales who's brother is Aurora ' DA, how convenient he has never got a job being a policeman he is a politician.

I heard that MB, is already pist and heard he hired an outside female for division chief, do you know how many at MB, were qualified waiting for that opportunity and he hires outside think about it he did this for a reason but burned those officers that should be his fellow officers, he don't care he is crazy I once called him for an open door policy on a serious situation and he yells at me and says, this case is under investigation so I filed with IA, and it went no where they probably laughed.

schotzi93
schotzi93

I know him, you just shook hands with the Devil he will have officers turn on others and the moral will get real bad.

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