MAJOR, GENERAL INVESTIGATIONS
Major Evelio Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba, and migrated to the United States with his family in 1969. After a few months in South Florida, his family re-settled in New Jersey where they remained until 1975. Upon returning to South Florida, he attended Miami Springs Senior High School from where he graduated. He has nearly 30 years law enforcement experience, and possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University where he also minored in Personnel Management. He has 12 Master’s credits in Public Administration.
He currently supervises the Investigative Division (ID). The unit conducts follow-up investigations of all open Part 1 Crimes and Personnel Investigations, to include Record Checks of District employees who get arrested, including those employees whose criminal history is uncovered via the Fingerprint Office function. This assignment presents an exceptional opportunity to serve the District and, in fact, all members of the school community in a multitude of ways. The personnel investigative function assists the District rooting out those employees not suited to work in an educational setting. On the other hand, many times our investigations clear employees of false accusations. The unit also assists the District in financial investigations. One of the most important and unique services offered the District is in the area of electronic crimes. Threats to students and staff, via Facebook or any other electronic correspondence or medium, are investigative thoroughly and timely. This is possible due to the reciprocal relationship that has been established with the United States Secret Service (USSS); a professional relationship that has developed and become stronger over the past few years. In addition, cellular phone forensics can now be added to array of functions the unit performs. Whereas in the past this was done by an outside law enforcement partnering agency, it is now done in-house. The ID, in conjunction with federal, state and local agencies, conducts narcotics, gang, and other comprehensive investigations.
Prior to the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, Major Rodriguez also acquired oversight responsibility over Administrative Division and the Dignitary Protection function. He has worked in multiple departmental entities, to include: Uniform Operations as a road patrol officer; narcotics detective in 1980s when the “crack” epidemic began affecting our schools; detective (investigator) in our former regional configuration structure; road patrol sergeant assigned to the swing shift; lieutenant in Region V; captain in both Regions IV and V; and, his current assignment as indicated above. He has also taught in the Police Academy in the Miami-Dade College School of Justice, and in the Adult Education Program of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He has seen the agency grow from a small department with limited functions, to the national leader in school policing it is today.