MDSPD Police Officer Savagely Kicked in Face and Keeps Cool Under Pressure

MDSPD Police Officer Savagely Kicked in Face and Keeps Cool Under Pressure

Today an officer for the Miami Dade Schools Police Department was savagely attacked while trying to effect an arrest. The video shows an adult female obstructing justice in an overt attempt to prevent the subject from being arrested by viciously kneeing the officer in the side of the face then callously kicking him on the other side. I am disgusted! The men and women of the Miami Dade Schools Police are men and women of conviction, who are dedicated to protecting children. They are often heralded for their work in the community and of their giving and charitable nature. As you can imagine, it is excruciatingly painful to see a member of the community we are trying to protect turn on you! THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! I commend Officer Zapico for keeping his cool under pressure and eventually placing both subjects in custody. I ask the State’s Attorney’s Office to aggressively pursue the maximum possible penalty in this case, to include, but not limited to…JAIL TIME! Please join the Miami Dade Schools, Fraternal Order of Police in showing support for Officer Zapico....

Helping Parents With the Dreaded “Drug Talk”

There is no doubt about it: Talking to your kids about drugs is one of the best ways to keep them from abusing them. This is the advice that Miami-Dade Schools Police Officer Orlando Gutierrez, a 14-year veteran, gives parents during several meetings he has with PTAs and PTSAs throughout the year. “I know it’s hard to talk to your kids about this,” Gutierrez told a group of parents at Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School Wednesday night. “It’s not comfortable. Sometimes we think we’re giving them ideas, right?” Don’t worry, he said. You’re not. You’re also not alone. Miami-Dade Schools Police have several anti-drug programs in our schools that not only helps curb the use of illicit drugs but also provides a safe and welcome environment that students feel they can trust. Schools Police work with Miami-Dade Police in the DARE program for fifth graders. “But teenagers have to be approached differently,” Gutierrez said. And honestly, he added, urging parents to do research and become informed before they have the “drug chat.” “You can’t go in and say, “Marijuana will kill you.’ Because they know that’s not true,” Gutierrez said. “They know more than we do. We have to tell them the truth. And we have to know what we are saying.” And you have to know that drug use today is more than just the street drugs like marijuana and cocaine. Police are confiscating more and more prescrption drugs from teens at school. “They take them from their parents,” Gutierrez said. He knows how to talk to kids because Gutierrez makes 40-minute presentations about 60 times a year to classrooms of high school students, where...