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32nd Annual National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, the Miramar Police Department will be partnering with communities throughout the city in a unique crime prevention event. National Night Out has been held the first Tuesday in August since 1984.

A variety of events will take place throughout the city to include walks, block parties, and more. In addition to McGruff the Crime Dog, the police department’s K-9 officers, community resource officers, Traffic Unit, Explorers, S.W.A.T., P.R.I.M.E. Unit and command staff will be visiting locations. National Night Out aims to increase awareness about police programs in communities and to provide an opportunity for Miramar residents to unite in anti-crime efforts.

A detailed list of communities participating in National Night Out is found below. Please note: These events are strictly for community residents.

Community/Location/Activity/Time

United Neighbors of East Miramar, Miramar Park Home Owners, & Tropical Crime Watch – Block Party at Shirley Branca Park 6:30-8:30 PM

Miramar Park Walkers – Community walk begins at Fairway Park then a block party at Shirley Branca Park 6:15-6:45 PM (Walk)

Ashlar (Private) – Block Party at 8440 Sherman Circle North 6:30-8:30 PM

River Run HOA, Riverdale, Franklin Farms, & Water View – River Run Park 6:30-8:30 PM

Haven Lake Estates (Private) – Walk 6:30-7:30 PM

Vizcaya – Block Party at Vizcaya Park 6:00–9:00 PM

Riviera Isles (Private) – Block Party at Riviera Isles Clubhouse 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Sunset Lakes (Private) – Block Party at Sunset Lakes Clubhouse 6:00PM – 9:00PM

SmartWater

Miramar Police Offer Free SmartWater CSI Kits to Residents

The Miramar Police Department is offering residents free SmartWater CSI kits. Known for reducing theft in local communities, SmartWater CSI provides a forensic coding technology in which residents or business owners mark their valuables with a clear, non-hazardous liquid. The liquid is invisible to the human eye, except under ultraviolet black light. Law enforcement officials can then take the smallest micro-fragment of SmartWater from stolen property and send it to their forensic laboratories, where it can be scientifically analyzed to identify the owner.

In March 2014, Miramar Police partnered with Broward County Crime Stoppers to receive 150 home-coding tracer kits for a pilot program. These kits were given to residents of a target community, at no cost. The patented forensic marking technology attributed to a 22% decrease in residential burglaries from March through December 2014.

Miramar residents, city-wide, can now benefit from this new tool to combat property crimes. The department has purchased an additional 900 SmartWater kits, using State Law Enforcement Trust Funds, to distribute. These kits will be available to city residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of residency required (government issued identification or utility bill). Only one kit will be issued per household. Interested residents should contact 954-602-4327 or email bcreary@miramarpd.org.

For more information on SmartWater, please visit www.smartwater.com.

New Building

New Police Headquarters

Plans for a long-awaited police headquarters are underway. The 65,000-square-foot headquarters will be located at the Miramar Town Center. It will also house the city’s Emergency Operations Center. Partially wrapping around an existing parking garage, the mixed-use project will include first floor retail shoppes and restaurants. The project will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Construction should be completed in early 2016.

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Free Citizens’ Police Academy

The Miramar Police Department invites you to the 40th Citizens’ Police Academy. Miramar residents interested in learning more about the department can sign up for the free 14-week academy being held August 11th through November 10th. Classes meet every Tuesday from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Courses include a ride-along with an officer, CPR certification, a K9 demonstration and more!

How to Apply:
Interested Miramar residents must complete a “Citizens’ Police Academy Application” and allow a background investigation to check for criminal history. You may fill out the application by:
• downloading the application from, http://www.miramarpd.org/520-2/
• calling (954) 602-4351 to have the application mailed or faxed to you
• Picking up the application in person at our headquarters
Miramar Police Department
3064 N Commerce Parkway
Miramar, FL 33025

For additional information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at (954) 602-4351.
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Angelita Gauntlett and Courtney Lindsey

Angelita Gauntlett and Courtney Lindsey were murdered on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1989. An altercation between the victims and the suspect occurred outside of a Miramar home. The suspect, a Jamaican male known by the street name of “Bull,” followed Angelita and Courtney to their home on the 3000 block of Tara Road. He fired multiple shots into their vehicle, killing them both. (Case #: 891101581)