Profiling & Enforcement

The exercise of police authority based solely upon an individual’s race, ethnic origin, gender, age, or income status by the members of the South Miami Police Department is prohibited. The South Miami Police Department enforces the law in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority, while protecting the rights of all persons. To this end, enforcement action, including but not limited to vehicle stops, stop and frisk of an individual, arrests, searches and seizures, the application of force, and initiation of forfeiture proceedings must be made solely on law, departmental policy, and articulate facts.

The basis for any and all enforcement action will be strictly based on illegal or improper activity Initiating any action based solely on a person’s race, color, creed, religion, gender, lifestyle orientation, or physical handicap, is strictly prohibited, and is cause for Department disciplinary action.

Training / Education
Officers will receive continued training beyond their academy training regarding proactive enforcement, officer safety, cultural diversity, search and seizure, courtesy, and communication skills. In keeping with the department’s "Mission and Values", training programs will emphasize the need to respect the rights of all citizens to be free from unreasonable intrusion or police action.

Allstate Insurance Company provides an informative brochure entitled “the Law & You". This brochure addresses successfully dealing with law enforcement officers while they’re enforcing the law. This brochure is available from Allstate Insurance Company.

In response to the high incidents of race-based traffic stops, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) partnered with Allstate Insurance Company to produce "the Law & You: Guidelines for interaction with law enforcement officials." Targeted at minority teenage drivers, the guide offers suggestions on how to communicate effectively with law enforcement officials during traffic stops. Through the use of an interactive videotape and curriculum, NOBLE members conduct regional training workshops for high school students and community organizations.  Get a copy of this brochure here.

To receive a complimentary The Law and You program kit, please call 800-607-2722 and select option 6.

Filing a Complaint

Any person may file a complaint with the South Miami Police Department if they believe that a South Miami Police Officer has violated Department policies. No person shall be discouraged, discriminated against, intimidated, or coerced from filing such complaint. The complaint may be made by phone, mail, or in person. All complaints are thoroughly investigated by the Office of the Chief and the person filing the complaint will be notified of the outcome of the investigation.

This information is provided pursuant to CFA accreditation standard 2.08M (F) Community education and awareness efforts.

To find out more about CFA accreditation, please contact:
P.O. Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Ph: 800-558-0218
CFA Website