Miami Beach Cops Made $377,000 Working Nightclub Security in the Past Year

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After Miami Beach Police Sgt. Mike Muley was caught drunk while working an off-duty assignment at Mango's last month, new Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates responded with a harsh edict: Beginning this month, MBPD cops are banned from working nightclub security jobs. The union balked, complaining that banning the jobs would make clubs less safe. Their resistance, they said, had nothing to do with the money.

But how much cash will Beach cops lose under Oates' new policy?

A New Times records request found that 80 Miami Beach Police officers earned a combined $377,090.50 from off-duty nightclub work from July 21, 2013, to July 21, 2014. The top-grossing officer was Jerome Berrian Jr., who earned $27,877 in the 12-month period working details at Wet Willie's, Nikki Beach, and Story. Two other officers, Eric Schultz and Omar Marrero, took in more than $20,000 each from the assignments, and a dozen others, including Sergeant Muley, earned more than $10,000. Officers were paid $38 an hour for security work at the clubs (the total off-duty amounts also included some income for coordinating security); and on holidays they earned double -- $76 an hour. This past New Year's Eve alone, Berrian took in a whopping $1,254 for a 16.5-hour shift at Nikki Beach.

See also: Miami Beach Police Union President: Banning Cops From Nightclub Work a "PR Stunt"

Sgt. Alex Bello, the head of MBPD's police union, maintains that officers oppose the policy on safety grounds. Cutting the off-duty assignments, he says, will make clubs more dangerous and cost taxpayers more because on-duty officers will have to answer more late-night calls.

"What we've seen now in this last week is an increase in calls of service," says Bello, who earned $2,100 himself in the past year from the off-duty pay, mostly coordinating security at Story. "If there would have been officers there, then that would not have been a drain on our resources."

Regardless of how much cops made protecting nightclubs under the old system, he says, taxpayers should be more worried about their own bills rising under Oates' policy.

"The bigger picture," he says, "is residents should be concerned that they're now paying for officers to respond to these calls when that should be something that the business owners should be handling."

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Sam Baum
Sam Baum

Mbpd working off duty at clubs is a conflict of interest.

Laura Simonelli
Laura Simonelli

They do it in NY, not sure why everything has to be such a freakin battle here to earn an acceptable income

Citizen
Citizen

Pay me a little more, and I'll do a little more; pay me a little more than that, and I'll do a little less.

Carol Wilbanks
Carol Wilbanks

You can assume all cops are the same. I know plenty that are hard workers and take care if their families.

Manny Perez
Manny Perez

I have seen cops drinking beers outside of nightclubs with their uniform on. This is a disgrace! Besides, private security firms would be way more efficient!

Miriam Kaige
Miriam Kaige

Ridiculous....Nurses, teachers, caregivers, even correction officers which also put their lives on line and etc... make pennies for their hard work, require degrees and so on. While these mother fucker's make that much money...not fair and they suck...

Steve Atlas
Steve Atlas

Shayla, they get the salaries their union negotiates, and they get great benefits. If that's not enough for them, they can find another line of work, though few, very few of them could find another job that pays as well, even without working outside details. The police cars, etc. are not their property. And protecting the community while working over 16 hours a day means they're not going to do a very good job -- their judgement will be impaired. They carry guns, you know.

Jobel Anthony Cabezas
Jobel Anthony Cabezas

"working" security... about the same as the cops in SuperBad were "policing"

Shayla Walsh
Shayla Walsh

Who cares if they work off duty? Maybe if mbpd paid them better wages they wouldn't have to.

James Russell
James Russell

Using our tax payer funded cars,uniforms and weapons... Seems legit

gabrielMiami
gabrielMiami

There is a conflict of interest when a police officer works off duty for another enterprise utilizing his badge.  He is entitled to work a second job if he/she wishes but as long as the badge is not utilized because corruption will soon follow.  

Armando Roberto Alfonso
Armando Roberto Alfonso

I dont see anything wrong with an individual having a second job and earning more money as a result thereof. Several public servants have side jobs and these side jobs do not interfere with their regular 8 hrs. Unfortunately, a few bad apples ruined it for the rest. Notwithstanding the few mentioned, the average is about $5k per cop and none of this is tax payer money, but rather is paid by the business that hires them. A lot of you simply hate cops and will find any excuse to vilify that profession.

Jose Mora
Jose Mora

Is that $377K per cop or.overall force ?

Nancy Garcia-Amor
Nancy Garcia-Amor

I was married to a police major for 14 years and I can tell they only think about their pension and cannot wait to smoke weed. Very despicable. And working detail is their thing! Yuck only a few have my respect.

SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

80 Miami Beach Police officers earned a combined $377,090.50 from off-duty nightclub work from July 21, 2013, to July 21, 2014 -


Of course the headline makes the troll reader think that this is 2 or 3 cops...

SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

You own a club that turns swaths of people into drunken fools who pay $ 9 dollars for a 16 oz sugary, cheap rum drink until they cannot speak... For those who fail to see the issue...the business by it's nature - has a very high demand for police services...If you do not have the off-duty, then the on-duty-dudes have to head over there for the 7th time in 2 hours... Now, what happens when the wife on Bay Drive is getting pummeled by her drunken cokehead lawyer husband?  Cops are all the way on the east side...beach side...dealing with Wet Willies by the thousands...and it takes 30 minutes to get back to Bay side to pull the cokehead off his wife.


Can you dig it?

Mickey Blue
Mickey Blue

Good! Remove those pigs and immediately the violence, drugs and murders will decrease. They serve no purpose in life.

Miguel Riva
Miguel Riva

Average of $4000.00 per Cop wow the outrage!

Manny Castillo
Manny Castillo

So what you are saying is that the business owners should be handling the security at their businesses? 1. If it is a legit business, it should be paying taxes and therefore afforded police protection as a tax payer 2. What do off duty cops do at the fisrt sign of trouble..GET ON THE RADIO (TAX PAYERS' RADIOS) and call for BACK UP. 3. If you are allowed to work 16.5 hrs in how good of a shape or mood are you to serve me..THE TAX PAYER..you are a public servant..not a private security force 4. Brinks, all state, florida security and many others companies provide such services..

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

When I applied for MBPD it was because I knew exactly how much you could make working off-duty. Also, no officer should be allowed to work a 16.5 hour shift, on or off duty.

whatreallyhappened
whatreallyhappened

Private security do not have arrest powers, necessitating a police response anyway, and are generally "roided" bodybuilders who throw you out if your lucky, and beat you if your not.

Police presence alone is usually a "good enough" deterrent to violence in these clubs.

SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

Teachers?  yeah right....the cream of the crop...paid summers off...junkets and all on a poor, lackluster, apathetic performance.

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