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The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (M-DSPD) is taking a multi-pronged approach to making schools safer from gun inci-dents. Under the direction of Chief Ian A. Moffett, the department is working in schools to build relationships with students and parents and conduct awareness campaigns through law-related education and student presentations. The department is also working closely with local, state and federal law enforcement partners to track and investigate guns outside of schools. In light of recent acts of deadly violence in schools in other states, the district must take every action to help ensure the safety of our youth. This work cannot be accomplished alone; a police, counse-ling, community partnership is vital. Parental involvement and community engagement are the keys to prevention and mitigation. To assist in this goal, M-DSPD is:

  • Adding more School Resource Officers (SRO) to secondary schools to include middle and K-8 centers. By communicating with parents and students, officers can learn of potential is-sues and be proactive in reducing weapons on campus.
  • Working with Department of Children and Families regarding cases where negligent action by the parents may have allowed a weapon to enter our school sites. We will hold parents accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We will also increase presentations through the PTA and online resources for parents to be aware of these issues.
  • Continuing its random metal detection program. Preliminary studies show that there are correlations with reducing the number of weapons found at school sites.
  • Participating in and promoting the Miami-Dade Police Gun Bounty Program. The program uses tips about illegal guns and provides monetary rewards to the reporting person when guns that were used in a crime are recovered.
  • Encouraging the use of an anonymous tip reporting hotline, 305.995.COPS(2677), as well as Crime Stoppers, which recently introduced a new mobile phone app.
  • Increasing student awareness of weapons laws through presentations conducted by Youth Crime Watch. This information was taken from the newsletter of Susie V. Castillo.