South Miami Police Department
The South Miami Police Department (SMPD) is a full-service law enforcement agency with 50 sworn positions and nine civilian staff serving the 2.5 square mile city. The full-time residential, tri-ethnic population is approximately 10,500, but the number of people served and protected by the SMPD is much greater due to several factors.
Geographically, South Miami is approximately three miles south of the City of Miami. It borders the University of Miami’s main campus and the cities of Coral Gables and Pinecrest. U.S. Highway 1 (South Dixie Highway) carries tens of thousands of vehicles through the city on a daily basis and there are several main arterial roadways that provide commuters the ability to pass through the city. There are two major hospitals in the city providing employment and services to people throughout the county and beyond. The “town center” area of South Miami is a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment venue. With a hometown ambiance, it also includes a 500,000 square foot mall, the Shops at Sunset Place.
The Police Department is headquartered in a building connected to City Hall at 6130 Sunset Drive. The police station was renovated in the early 1990s and dedicated in memory of Officer L. Daniel Schulz, an officer killed in the line of duty in 1987.
Police Zones / City Boundaries (PDF)
The city is divided up into six patrol zones. Each staff member is responsible for overseeing a particular area and for reaching out to the community through citizen contacts.
Staff / Rank
The rank structure includes a Police Chief, Assistant Chief, two Captains, four Lieutenants, six Sergeants and 37 Officers/Detectives. There are nine civilians; seven in communications and two administrative assistants for the agency.
Chief Rene Landa
Assistant Chief Charles Nanney
Captain Larry Corbin
Zone 03 Liaison
Captain John Barzola
Zone 05 Liaison
Lieutenant Jesus Aguiar
Criminal Investigations Division
Zone 01 Liaison
Lieutenant Junior Vijil
Patrol Division - Day Shift
Zone 06 Liaison
Lieutenant Robert Bukens
Patrol Division - Afternoon Shift
Zone 02 Liaison
Lieutenant Kile Nave
Patrol Division - Midnight Shift
Sergeant Lisa King
Backgrounds & Internal Affairs
The Uniform Patrol Division is the most visible and largest division within the agency, they are the basic backbone of the Police Department. The response times, visibility and professionalism of that unit are second to none in the South Florida area. The commitment to traffic enforcement is evident with over 15,000 citations issued in the most current year. This agency has also risen as a leader in DUI enforcement in the area.
The Criminal Investigations Division is compromised of two different units, General Investigations Unit (GIU) and Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Each consists of several highly trained and skilled investigators. The role of GIU is to conduct follow-up investigations not resolved by the Patrol Unit during their preliminary investigation. The role of SIU mainly focuses on narcotics-related crime.