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Miami-Dade Police Director Requires Officers to Work NFL Game

October 23, 2017  | 

Photo: WSVN screenshot
Photo: WSVN screenshot

Hundreds of Miami-Dade, FL, police officers upset over Miami Dolphins NFL players protesting the National Anthem had planned a protest of their own, Sunday. However, a mandate from the police director required many of those officers to work the same game they were planning to skip in protest, reports WSVN.

Officials said there would be fully staffed security in and around Hard Rock Stadium.

A total of 380 officers are needed for any given game. This week, only 175 signed up for off-duty assignment.

A mandate has been ordered by Juan Perez, Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, requiring officers to work the game. "I am now faced with a critical dilemma as the staffing shortages place our community and fellow officers at risk," said Perez. "The worst scenario we can experience is a successful terrorist attack or active shooter scenario due to a vulnerability of security."

Perez added, "I made the decision to mandate officers to work the game under operational necessity."


Comments (25)

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kevcopaz @ 10/23/2017 5:36 PM

Its my opinion on that there are 175 LEOs in that department that should be ostracized by the other officers of the department for whoring themselves out for a few pieces of silver (and they know it) rather then refusing off-duty work. Like ones who did not offer themselves up to an anti-police organization. Bravo to those that took a stand and for those that did not , shame on you. As far as the Chief ordering on -duty officers to work then thats what they are paid to do and should follow orders. This will cost the citizens of that area $$$ (unless Dolphins re-emburse them) and the lame excuse of the "shortage placing fellow citizens & officers in jeopardy" well thats BS. The City should fully staff the critical needs of the area(citizens) and only staff what it can for a football game making the Dolphins supply other security officers etc and if anything happens it son THEM for not standing up for the Country and being anti-police, not the fault of the officers or the department.

AZBIGDOG @ 10/23/2017 6:09 PM

Really? So use taxpayer money to make those glorified overpaid whiny babies safe? Tell the nfl and those clowns they are supposed to be taking care of to get private security. Have one officer to handle reports and one to drive a paddy wagon for the scumbags that come to the game. Sounds to me as if the director or whatever has kowtowed to money.

Federali @ 10/23/2017 6:41 PM

Wow! Consider this dictator's attitude compared to Sheriff Scott A. Hildenbrand of Geauga County in Ohio. One is a boss and the other is a leader.

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:21 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:22 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:23 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

9878 @ 10/23/2017 7:23 PM

Are these off-duty assignments, or does the police department routinely provide security?

still_amazed @ 10/24/2017 3:32 AM

Just another political hack chief kissing the NFL's ass. Good job chief, getting close to retirement and looking for a new career in NFL security? With all that is going on in our communities, letting a bunch of spoiled rich kids play a football game is operational necessity?

DD16 @ 10/24/2017 4:20 AM

I understand the decision to mandate officers work the game but these players have no clue about what they are protesting. There's no statistics to show how Blacks are shot by police more than any other race nor are there any stats that show they are treated differently because they are black. The media is to blame for most of this as they ran with the "hands up don't shoot" narrative knowing that it never happened. The funny thing is, most of these players protesting will be bankrupt a few years after they leave the game and maybe then they will see the truth. Like our GREAT President says, if they don't stand for the anthem "YOUR FIRED".

TX Lawman @ 10/24/2017 4:53 AM

Any officer that was forced to come in on their day off and work the game needs to file suit against Director Juan Perez. He can force on duty to work but not off duty.

Trigger @ 10/24/2017 6:04 AM

Unfortunately we in this profession must rise above the ignorance of those against us and carry on with our duties.

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