M-DCPS in the News

Superintendent Carvalho Recognized by White House

This month (November/2016), the White House recognized Miami-Dade County Public Schools district as one of the 30 leaders across the nation in personalized learning and innovation.

In the presence of representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and the White House domestic Policy Council, Carvalho explained in detail how the district’s iPrep Academy and iPrep Math are helping to shape the future of highly successful academics through technology and personalized training. read more


Two Retired Long-Standing Brothers of FOP 133 Reach New Heights

It is always wonderful to see your friends succeed, even more so when they have been brothers in arms. It was the pleasure of our membership at this month’s meeting two have two of our brothers in attendance that have since moved on from this wonderful career. One of them is Brother Rafael Gomez a long-standing member of the FOP and retired Sergeant of this Department. Rafael is currently running for a City of Hialeah Council position. We support Ralph as we know he would surely have the best intentions in issues involving first responders. Ralph has been a resident of the City Hialeah as far back as I can remember and has always wanted the very best for that city. We wish him all the best! Good luck Ralph! Another such visit was from Brother, Imtyaz Dad. Brother Dad retired from this Department over one year ago with twenty plus years in service with the rank of Sergeant. He served as an SRO, FTO and K-9 handler for many years. It was awesome to see Dad at our meeting and to see such a well-respected member of our union want to spend time with his brothers and sisters. A motion was passed at the meeting to make Dad a Member Perpetua, which means Honorary Member for Life. The honor was bestowed on him for many years of loyal service to the Department and the Union and for always being a consummate... read more

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The Juvenile Civil Citation – Is it Effective?

The Juvenile Civil Citation – Is it Effective?

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice provides an alternative to arresting juveniles who have committed first-time misdemeanor offenses; the Juvenile Civil Citation. It is well-known in the school policing community how easy it is to effect a physical arrest by placing handcuffs on a juvenile, writing an arrest form, completing an incident report and transporting the child to the Juvenile Assessment Center. By contrast, a juvenile civil citation requires much more time and effort from the police officer as a means of ensuring juveniles get the best possible chance at correcting their delinquent behaviors which have resulted in misdemeanor crimes. F.O.P. Lodge #133 is extremely proud of the earnest work accomplished over the years by our police officers in providing our children with a “second chance.” As an added bonus, the civil citation program saves taxpayers millions of dollars every year that would otherwise be spent on arrested youth who would normally go through a formal juvenile delinquency program. Here’s how it works: Once there is probable cause that certain misdemeanors have occurred and a juvenile is the offender, the police officer may issue a civil citation. Unlike an arrest where an individual is taken into custody and an arrest form is generated and the subject is transported to the proper intake facility, the civil citation, believe it or not, is much more time consuming and requires close monitoring by several entities. With all civil citations, there is a verification process to determine whether or not the juvenile meets the criteria for the program. After determining that the juvenile meets the criteria, an arrest form along with the completed... read more

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