Florida Public Employees
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2014
Contact: Howard Giraldo 305-219-1282
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP/School Police) continues to bargain with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to resolve the major issue of attrition within the police department. The officers of the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department want to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community.
FOP Lodge 133-President Howard Giraldo says, “Unfortunately, not a day goes by in Miami-Dade County when crime and violence does not dominate the media. News reports detail how the majority of such stories are committed by school-aged youth. The brave men and women of the MDSPD are able to keep this violence off campus.”
The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department has seen a 40% loss of officers from 2008 to 2013. The department has recently begun a blitz to hire sworn law enforcement officers, but has never confronted the underlying retention issue. “We do not have a hiring problem. We have a retention problem,” Giraldo said.
School District officials met with members of the FOP Bargaining Team yesterday to negotiate pay and employee healthcare cost.
The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department serves the fourth largest school District in the United States. The District is comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees.
Although the school district acknowledges the serious issue of attrition within the M-DSPD, they have not moved forward to fix the problem. The FOP eagerly anticipates rectifying the situation and as always, continues moving forward with maintaining a safe learning environment for our students, staff, and the community.
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