I hope it is comforting to know that all of us here tonight understand that

I hope it is comforting to know that all of us here

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“I hope it is comforting to know that all of us here tonight understand that everyone memorialized on the Wall of Honor served a cause greater than themselves.”James K. Loftus —46
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Rhett McGregor1895Gustav Kaiser1895Wilbur Hendrickson1915Allen Henderson1916William Z. Henderson1916Charles Williams1916Edward E. Fritz, Jr.1953Jerome R. Christman1960Earl Lee Johnson1962Carlos S. Stuteville1964Paul G. Anderson1967Johnny E. Mitchell1971Harrison Crenshaw1974Simmons Arrington1974Frank Searcy1974 Clark H. Curlette1976Frank K. D’Azevedo1976Thomas A. Hodges, Jr.1976William C. Cook1979William F. Askew1979Edward R. Young1981Cheryl Weiner Seiden1982Stephen Corbett1983Robert L. Zore1983Richard A. Boles1988David Strzalkowski1988Jose T. Gonzalez1989Joseph P. Martin1990Thomas Leis1990Evelyn Gort1993Carmen Gonzalez 1993Robert Vargas1997Richard Wentlandt1997Rueben I. Jones1998Roberto L. Calderon1999Randy Kugler2000Nirza Rodriguez2003Jose L. Somohano 2007Giovanni Gonzalez2009Amanda Haworth2011Roger Castillo2011Our Fallen HeroesWill Always Be RememberedMiami-Dade Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty47
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49Dade County was established in 1836 and encompassed an area which now comprises Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties. In the early years, the area was policed by as few as three deputies on horseback.Dade’s county seat was moved from Juno to Miami in 1899 when the population of Miami was approximately 5,000. Prior to this time, Dade’s sheriffs were appointed by the Governor. From the turn of the century through 1966, the office of sheriff was an elected position. By 1950, Dade County’s population had grown to 495,000, and the jurisdiction area had been reduced to approximately its present 2,139 square miles. The metropolitan form of government was approved in 1957, and the Dade County Sheriff’s Office was subsequently renamed the Public Safety Department (PSD).In 1960, in addition to providing Countywide police services, responsibility was assumed for police operations at the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The Department had a complement of 623 sworn personnel that year. In 1966, with a Department comprised of approximately 850 sworn officers, a longstanding controversy over the selection/election procedure for choosing a county sheriff was resolved by voter mandate. Subsequently, sheriffs were appointed by the County Manager as “Director of the Public Safety Department and Sheriff of Metropolitan Dade County.”PSD’s organizational structure as determined by the Metropolitan Charter included responsibility for fire protection, the jail and stockade, civil defense, animal control, and motor vehicle inspection, in addition to police functions. By 1973, however, the Department had been divested of ancillary responsibilities in order to concentrate entirely on police services. The Department’s sworn force consisted of approximately 1,200 employees.During the 1970s, great strides were made toward professionalizing the Department through development of innovative community programs, standard operating procedures, rules and regulations, and departmental training programs. By July 1981, the Department was reorganized and renamed the Metro-Dade Police Department (MDPD).
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