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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Car 2015

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is a time to raise awareness about domestic violence, honor the strength of victims and survivors who have endured this, and work to stop the violence from continuing.

Domestic violence is defined by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. In 2014, there were 106,882 domestic violence reports to law enforcement. Of these, 1,417 were forcible rape offenses, 524 were stalking offenses, and a 193 resulted in murder. Domestic violence can occur anywhere and to anyone regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. It is a crime of manipulation that anyone can fall prey to. Not only is a victim in physical danger, but face emotional damage as well.

It is important to recognize signs of domestic violence to be able to combat against it. These can include: utilizing the threats or intimidation to gain control, being mentally abusive, controlling what a person does or where they go, isolating a person from family or friends, displaying jealous behavior, controlling family finances and access to medical insurance; someone who threatens to have the victim arrested, deported, or baker acted, destroys property, minimizes behavior and blames victim for it, utilizes weapons to threaten the victim, or forces a person to engage in unwanted sexual acts,

Whether you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is, the following numbers are resources that can help:

Miramar Police Department Victim Services Unit: (954) 602-4130

Women in Distress (domestic violence center and shelter): (954) 761-1133

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

National Domestic Violence Hotline (tty): 1-800-787-3224

To learn about events in Broward County to honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, please contact the Miramar Police Department Victim Services Unit or Women in Distress.


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

For more information on SmartWater, please visit

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.

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)