Florida Public Employees
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2014
Contact: Howard Giraldo 305-219-1282
Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (MDSPD) officers respond to calls of shots fired, school lockdowns, fights, and armed subjects over past two days:
Monday January 27, 2014
— Northeast Dade: Middle school locked down, due to 911 call of male shot in front of school. MDSPD uniform and K9 officers secure building and ensure safety of students, staff, and visitors.
— Miami Gardens: Elementary school locked down as armed burglary subject runs from municipal police. The barricaded subject apprehended by MDSPD K9 officers in a home next to school.
— Liberty City: Career criminal arrested by MDSPD detectives for burglary to an elementary school resulting in over $20,000 worth of school and class property being stolen.
Tuesday January 28, 2014
— South Dade: School locked down due to shots fired at the rear of school. MDSPD uniform and K9 officers search of school interior and neighboring residential community revealed shots came from an off campus construction site bordering the rear of the school.
— Hialeah Gardens: A juvenile student arrested for swinging a knife and attempting to cut two students during a school fight.
— North Dade: Juvenile high school student arrested by MDSPD police for possession of a loaded firearm while in class.
— North Miami: Elementary school locked down, due to multiple subjects fleeing toward campus from municipal police.
FOP Lodge 133-President Howard Giraldo states: “The handling of such incidents have become the norm for our officers. Unfortunately, one has to question the commitment of School District administrators refusing to correct the problem of substandard pay, causing seasoned officers to seek employment with neighboring police agencies. A fact that weakens school safety and affects tax payers with increased cost over time.”
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