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Airport Operations Bureau

Miami International Airport
4200 NW 21st St.
Building 3033
Miami, FL 33122
Phone: 305-876-7373
Fax: 305-869-1056
Email: [email protected]
Major: Juan Villalba Jr.

The Miami-Dade Police Department Airport Operations Bureau maintains a constant state of readiness in response to the needs of passengers as they travel through the Miami International Airport (MIA). The Airport District maintains a dedicated staff of sworn law enforcement and non-sworn personnel, who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to meet the needs of the MIA community and the surrounding areas.

The Airport Operations Bureau is comprised of five main components; Administrative Unit, General Investigations Unit, Canine Unit, Special Projects Section, and Uniform Patrol, each headed by a Lieutenant.

If you need police assistance while at MIA, please call 305-876-7373.

Map of Airport Operations Bureau boundaries

Administrative Unit

  • Responsible for administrative and logistical support of the law enforcement activities of the Airport District.
  • Prepares statistical reports, administrative reports, completes public records requests, training scheduling, acquisition of supplies, vehicular and facility maintenance, and payroll.
  • Liaison between the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

The General Investigations Unit

The General Investigations Unit consists of the Crime Analysis Unit, Motorcycle Unit, Investigation Squad, and the Community Service Squad.

Crime Analysis Unit

  • The Crime Analysis Unit collects, collates, analyzes, and disseminates crime data/information to departmental elements and other concerned law enforcement agencies. This process assists in the ability to monitor airport-related events and bulletins for possible threats, criminal activities, and investigations.

Motorcycle Unit

  • The Motorcycle Unit is responsible for facilitating the expeditious flow of traffic throughout MIA and the surrounding area.
  • Conduct daily and specialized traffic enforcement operations within the District’s geographic boundaries.

Investigative Squad

  • Has the primary responsibility of ensuring the complete and accurate investigation of offenses occurring at MIA, the Rental Car Center, and the area known as the triangle, which is primarily commercial warehouses, offices, and businesses.
  • Coordinates investigations with Federal, state, and local partners.

Community Service Squad

  • Address the District's public safety issues and quality of life concerns using the community-oriented policing model.
  • Engage in problem-solving initiatives and foster relationships with relevant community stakeholders.

Canine Unit

Comprised of Transportation Security Agency trained explosive ordinance detection canine teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

• The Explosive Ordinance Detection Canine program prepares canine and handlers to quickly locate and identify dangerous materials that may present a threat to the transportation systems at MIA.
• They also have the ability to rule out the presence of dangerous materials in unattended packages, structures and vehicles.

Special Projects Section

The Special Projects Unit is responsible for the accomplishment of special projects and activities as they relate to incidents at MIA. These activities include but are not limited to developing and coordinating training sessions to enhance the performance of the Airport District’s Officers, as well as coordinate activities between the Airport District and Aviation Department.

Incident Containment Team

  • The primary goal of the ICT is to enhance the overall safety and security of MIA, its employees and the traveling public. The mission of the team is to provide the immediate response to a threat, actual terrorist or major criminal event.
  • The ICT is also responsible for the accomplishment of special projects and activities as they relate to incidents at MIA. These activities include developing and coordinating training sessions to enhance the performance of the Airport District’s personnel.
  • ICT also coordinates high profile activities between the Airport District and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and conducts special escort details.

Explosive Detection Interdiction Canine

  • The EDIC teams secure the airport against improvised explosive devices being carried on persons. EDIC teams work in direct coordination with the ICT and are trained to patrol and locate moving explosives within crowded terminals.

Uniform Patrol

Uniform patrol personnel provide high visibility patrol of the MIA and surrounding areas by foot, vehicles, bicycles and golf carts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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