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Superintendent Urges All to "Rethink School Discipline"

Miami-Dade Public School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho participated in a meeting on school discipline at the White House recently. read more

M-DCPS Budget Initially Approved

The Miami-Dade County Public School Board initially approved Wednesday a new budget that includes funding for the district’s most aggressive rollout of new school programs in the face of growing competition for students. read more


Florida State F.O.P. Withdraws Support for David Rivera

Florida State F.O.P. Withdraws Support for David Rivera

The Fraternal Order of Police District 6 issued a statement late Tuesday saying it “emphatically and unequivocally withdraws our endorsement of David Rivera for State Rep., District 118.” Rivera appeared to be pinning his hopes on winning the election by accusing his opponent of crimes and wrongdoing. Rivera’s campaign and his supporting political action committee have been running “robo” calls aimed at discrediting his democratic opponent Robert Asencio through unsubstantiated accusations. They also recently sent out accusatory emails endorsed by Rivera to almost all Miami-Dade County Public Schools district personnel, causing several high-ranking school administrators to raise their eyebrows and demand an inquiry into the false allegations against Asencio. The Miami-Dade Schools Police Public Information Officer later issued an official statement saying all accusations against Asencio were false. “Rivera was asked whether or not he supported or disavowed the allegations against Asencio during a Kendall Homeowner’s Association meeting and debate two weeks ago. He repeatedly refused to give a valid answer and would not say if he did or didn’t take part in the allegations,” said an F.O.P Lodge 133 Executive Board Member who attended the meeting. “A week later, he sent the defamatory email to Miami-Dade School’s teachers and administrators with his endorsement at the bottom of the email, calling Asencio a child abuser, among other things. The board member continued, “He (Rivera) seems desperate to win the election at any cost even if it means allowing his campaign to conjure up whatever stories they can come up with.”  The problem is; the State F.O.P. endorsed him, then he turned around and began a libelous smear campaign against... 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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