CAPTAIN, GENERAL INVESTIGATIONS
William D. Tagle has a total of 21 years of law enforcement experience, and possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and University. William is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course from the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
During his career with the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, William has been assigned as a police officer at Miami Braddock Senior High School, worked as a member of the Narcotic Unit, and served as a gang investigator. He was also assigned to the General Investigations Unit (GIU) as a detective where he conducted personnel investigations of civilian public employees as well as follow-up criminal investigations. He has worked as the Incident Commander during several high-profile critical incidents, including homicides and gang shootings at schools, and has also conducted several investigations involving chemical and biological scares at different facilities.
William is currently assigned to the Investigative Division, supervising two sergeants and nine detectives. He has always taken an active role in all facets of investigations, including report preparation, grant monitoring, and surveillance and enforcement operations. He has been actively involved in numerous undercover assignments and the execution of several hundred search warrants. Additional duties include supervising detectives for the Department’s Gang Free Schools and Communities Initiative, coordinating with the Miami-Dade County Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Violent Gang Task Force (VGTF), Safe Street Task Force, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Miami Electronic Crime Task Force (MECTF), Miami Area Corruption Task Force (MACTF), and the Property Appraiser’s Office Task Force. William has also supervised several Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigations, in which numerous indictments/arrests have been made. He holds a Special Deputation as a sworn Special Federal Officer through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), and Blue Lightning, and has security clearance granted by the FBI. William is a member of both the Florida Gang Investigators and the California Gang Investigators Associations.
As an instructor, William has conducted numerous training events, full-scale and table top exercises, in SWAT, Active Shooter, and School-Based Violence. He has worked and trained with multiple agencies regarding response to critical incidents and has given countless workshops in the areas of youth violence, school safety, Weapons of Mass Destruction (CBRNE), Critical Incident Management, and tactical training. He has also assisted and participated as a subject matter expert in developing the instructional analysis and course goals and objectives for the Gangs and Security Threat Groups Advanced Course, and the School Resource Officer course for Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Bureau of Training. He has numerous instructional certificates and has trained personnel throughout the United States and other countries on issues dealing with school safety and gang investigations. He has planned and conducted updated Security and Vulnerability Assessments for businesses, K-12 schools, and other educational institutions in Florida and Georgia.
William is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Child Trafficking Advisory Working Group, which was established to assist in providing strategic and practical advice in developing IACP’s “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Toolkit for Law Enforcement.” He is part of a Violent Repeat Offenders (VRO) Initiative and attends meetings held by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where they identify and share information regarding the most violent offenders in Miami-Dade County.
For his leadership and work ethic, William has received numerous honors, including Distinguished Officer of the Year.