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Miami Chief Cracks Down On Off-Duty Speeding

June 05, 2012  | 

In the most sweeping crackdown on police speeding yet, Miami's top cop announced on Monday that he is taking action against 36 of his officers for driving off duty at speeds sometimes exceeding 100 mph, reports the Sun Sentinel.

The first wave of disciplinary action includes South Florida's most notorious speeder in uniform, Officer Fausto Lopez. The six-year police veteran is being suspended for a month and will lose his take-home car for three months for leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase through Broward County in October.

Lopez's headline-generating traffic stop prompted a Sun Sentinel investigation that found widespread off-duty speeding by officers at a dozen South Florida departments. All began internal investigations.

Read the full Sun Sentinel story.

Related:

Miami Cop Detained for Driving 120 mph

Miami Chief Says Speeding Officer 'Will Pay'

Tags: Miami PD, Take-Home Vehicles, Officer Misconduct


Comments (6)

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Bryan @ 6/5/2012 5:56 PM

Come on guys! If you lead another officer on a high-speed pursuit you have no business being a cop. That's just plain stupid!!

Larry @ 6/6/2012 6:14 AM

I am glad to see a supervisor holding his officers accountable. There is a difference between 5 to 10 mph over then 20 mph over. (Ethics)

easy610 @ 6/6/2012 8:14 AM

Pushing the speed is one thing...but 90+? WTF? Been in uniform for 16+ years and never fails to surprise me how some think once you're sworn in you have immunity from common sense. This isn't the 70s guys.

With video EVERYWHERE and people looking for reasons to distrust and hate on police, just drive normal for pity’s sake!

Under 100, anyone?

John @ 6/6/2012 5:44 PM

There are a lot more "goof balls" coming on the job nowadays....

Richard Jellicoe @ 6/7/2012 4:41 PM

I agree with John. More idiots are applying for and getting hired. Look at the new thugs at Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The problem is everywhere. The standards and class of recruits is spiraling out of control.

Marshal @ 6/12/2012 6:37 AM

You know the old saying about "Professional Courtesy"? Well shouldn't that run both ways? It should be that one officer shouldn't be putting another officer in the spot of deciding on writing a ticket. 5-10 over is one thing but more then that is pushing it and showing disrespect for the officer that is having to do the stop. It amazes me that the officers that are the strictest on writing the citizens are the ones who most expect to be let off when they are speeding. As for hiring the goof balls, that is an understatement. Hiring practices and ideas need to change. Obviously the way it is being done isn't working. Try recruiting more experienced officers and they can help mold the newbies fresh out of the academy better then what has been happening. There isn't enough supervisors to go around babysitting. The argument has been that older officers won't be around as long and blah blah but what is cheaper, getting sued or having to replace someone more experienced after 10 or 15 years? Hmmm.

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