MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Opa-locka has hung up a ‘help wanted’ sign for a new police chief.
Opa-locka City Manager John Pate terminated Chief James Dobson citing a lack of progress made in reducing crime in the city.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Afternoon Storms Could Produce Heavy Downpours
“The decision was made due to a myriad of situations stemming from the current crime rate the City has experienced the last couple of years, as well as the Police Department’s lack of progress based on the assessment report from earlier this year by the Miami-Dade County Police Department,” Pat said in a joint statement with Opa-locka Mayor Matthew A. Pigatt.READ MORE: Dates For Formula 1 Grand Prix In Miami Gardens Confirmed For May 6-8, 2022
“Mr. Pate, along with the help of the Miami-Dade Police Department, conducted a thorough assessment of our police department. The results speak for themselves,” said Pigatt in the statement.
The city will now conduct a nationwide search for a new police chief.MORE NEWS: Charges Upgraded To Felonies For Three Miami Beach Police Officers Accused Of Rough Arrest
The Opa-locka Police Department has 54 sworn officers and 10 civilian staff.