10000 SW 142nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33186
Major: Michael Dieppa
Agricultural Patrol Section
7617 SW 117 Ave.
Miami, FL 33183
The Agricultural Patrol Section was established on September 16, 2002, as a result of a consolidation of the Cutler Ridge and Hammocks Districts Agricultural Patrol Units. The unit was subsequently upgraded to a Section on July 15, 2004. The Section conducts investigations pertaining to agriculture and illegal dumping throughout Miami-Dade County. The area is patrolled by five squads of officers.
The area of responsibility encompasses approximately 440 square miles, from Southwest Eighth Street South to the County line, and from Biscayne Bay West to the Everglades National Park. The Section provides community oriented policing in the rural and agricultural areas and these services include, but are not limited to, the investigations of burglary, theft, and criminal mischief of farm equipment.
The Section conducts proactive patrol of groves, nurseries, apiaries, produce and U-Pick fields. The Section also investigates cases of cruelty to farm animals, assaults and disputes concerning agricultural related issues, incidents involving exotic animals, illegal dumping, and gathers intelligence on cockfighting and illegal cantinas. The Section inspects groves, fruit stands, and vehicles transporting produce and plants, and gathers lost or loose farm animals. The Section further accomplishes the police function by assisting regular investigative units with access to areas as a result of impenetrable conditions.
Sections personnel are assigned off-road 4x4 vehicles to access the rough terrain where nurseries, groves, and fields are located. In addition, a duty officer carries a cellular telephone to be more accessible to the agricultural community.