Miami at a glance
Population by race and Hispanic origin
Cities in this database with the most similarly-sized populations
Full-time law enforcement staff, Miami Police Department
- 1,317 Officers
- 420 Civilian staff
Officers per 1000 residents
- 3.65 Miami
- 2.5 National average, cities with 250,000+ population
- 2.3 National average
These figures reflect the Miami Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.
|Amount||Start and end dates||Recipient and description||Awarding agency||CFDA program||Type|
|MIAMI, CITY OF FY21 COPS HIRING PROGRAM (CHP)||Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions||16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants||Prime|
|MIAMI, CITY OF MIAMI, FL LEMHWA PROJECT||Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions||16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants||Prime|
|MIAMI, CITY OF MIAMI CGIC EXPANSION PROJECT||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|MIAMI, CITY OF CITY OF MIAMI BODY-WORN CAMERA (BWC) EXPANSION PROJECT||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.835 Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation||Prime|
Recent equipment transfers
|Ship date||Item and National Stock Number (NSN)||Quantity||Acquisition value, each||Acquisition value, total||DEMIL code||DEMIL IC|
|15||15 @ $1,309.00||$19,635.00||D||7|
|10||10 @ $2,748.00||$27,480.00||F||1|
|40||40 @ $499.00||$19,960.00||D||1|
|8||8 @ $499.00||$3,992.00||D||1|
We identified 2 publicly reported settlements that resulted in $4,265,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
Miami agreed to a settlement of $100,000 to Melissa Lopez to resolve an incident where Miami Police Department Captain Javier Ortiz broke Lopez’s wrist during an arrest in December 2017.
The settlement does not include an admission of guilt on the part of the city or Ortiz. Ortiz has been named in several police misconduct complaints in the past. In fact, “over his 17 years on the job — including eight as the union president of the Fraternal Order of Police in South Florida — 49 people have complained about him to Internal Affairs as he amassed 19 official use-of-force incidents, $600,000 in lawsuit settlements.”
|2010 - 2019||
In 2015, the City of Miami paid a settlement worth $1 million for an unjustified police shooting, and settled an excessive force lawsuit in 2019 for $65,000.
In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, Miami-Dade spent $3.1 million on police misconduct cases.
In 2015, the City of Miami settled a federal civil rights lawsuit worth nearly $1 million with the family of Travis McNeil, who was shot and killed by police detective Reynaldo Goyos in 2011.
In 2019, Miami settled another police misconduct lawsuit for $65,000. The suit had accused Captain Javier Ortiz of the Miami Police Department (who was a lieutenant, and the head of the Miami Police Department’s union at the time of the incident) of using excessive force following a traffic stop in 2015.