City of Miami PD to Hundreds of County Cops Facing Layoffs: Come Join Us

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Next Tuesday 400 Miami-Dade County police officers will gather in a large banquet hall at FIU's football stadium in University Park, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. The occasion? A frank talk about the officers' future unemployment.

Under county mayor Carlos Gimenez's current proposed budget, 228 officers -- or about a quarter of the entire force, according to John Rivera, president of the county police union -- are slated for layoffs beginning October 1, when next year's fiscal year begins. But the county's loss could be other departments' gain: Amid rumors of the layoffs the City of Miami and other local police departments have reached out to county officers, offering jobs.

"Most agencies are fully aware that Miami Dade's hiring practice and training is one of the most grueling and toughest," Rivera told Riptide. "You get a proven product."

On August 7th Manuel Orosa, the Chief of Police for the City of Miami, sent a letter to Rivera expressing his hope that "management and labor reach an amicable agreement that would prevent even one way layoff from occurring.

"In planning for a worst case scenario where a large number of your officers are laid off, however," the letter continued, the City of Miami Police Department will be accepting applications for certified police officers on September 2 and 3, 2014."

The letter also said that the City of Miami expects to hire up to 300 officers within the next three years; that kind of expansion, Rivera says, is typical of most departments around the state. "Except for Miami-Dade County. We're the only one that seems to go backwards."

The union chief said some Broward police departments, like the cities of Plantation and Hollywood, had also reached out to his officers ahead of the looming layoffs. He said the current situation marked the first time he'd ever seen police departments contacting another one offering jobs. "But times are what they are," he said. "And these other places...would love to have Metro-Dade-trained officers."

Rivera blames Gimenez for the looming cuts, whom he says has always has money for pet projects like sports teams but then can't find any for public safety; Gimenez, in turn, says the union hasn't been willing to negotiate.

"There is a very good possibility we can avoid a large number of these layoffs, if not all of them," the county mayor said on Tuesday, the Herald reported. "But I need the PBA to come to the table."

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24 comments
Brent Bredwell
Brent Bredwell

If you're not into the corruption, then you're going to get laid off. Got to keep the group tight so we don't get caught.

TC Ersen
TC Ersen

Hopefully not from Ferguson.

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Pam Braga the city can afford that?

Bruno Linares
Bruno Linares

See them to College or Iraq !! Bad \U0001f437\U0001f437 protecting our community . Ferguson is a big Example. Good for Nothing \U0001f43d

Darla Powell
Darla Powell

Sure. Why not? Free cops that the county paid to train and are throwing away? Sounds like a deal to me.

Deion Valdes
Deion Valdes

Joan make me a resume so i can sign up, never been a more open window if id ever seen one for a job

Richey Marous III
Richey Marous III

They get fired for doing bad things so Miami will for sure take them.

Jimmie Miniard
Jimmie Miniard

Lay offs in South Florida hell hawl you finna make the Gangstas throw a Mardi Gras

Chris Meza
Chris Meza

If only we can get multibillion dollar corporations to start paying taxes to fund our public resources. One day.

Mickey Blue
Mickey Blue

lol corrupt cops? Yea sure we'll take them.

Ricardo Pantoja
Ricardo Pantoja

They need to start with the ones brought up on charges and on "paid leave"

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