Email: [email protected]
Major: Fernand Charles Jr.
The Homicide Bureau is responsible for conducting thorough and objective investigations of all deaths that occur in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and 27 of the County’s 35 municipalities. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is responsible for investigating in-custody deaths involving Miami-Dade Police Department personnel.
A team approach is used in all homicide investigations. Each squad is led by a sergeant and consists of a lead investigator and additional investigators who are assigned to one specific aspect of the investigation. This team approach ensures meticulous attention to detail as well as rapid development and investigation of leads during the critical first hours of the investigation. Witnesses, potential suspects, and evidence are quickly identified and categorized, which enables the investigation to proceed on several fronts simultaneously.
The Bureau also includes four specialized squads: The Traffic Homicide Unit investigates all fatal and critical-injury motor vehicle crashes, including hit-and-run crashes involving life-threatening injuries and fatalities. The Cold Case Squad probes into unsolved murder cases regardless of how long the murder occurred. The Homicide Intelligence and Technology Squad (HITS) focuses on the identification of specific digital imprints left behind during homicide/murder investigations by analyzing technological data and communication records to generate actionable intelligence and utilize the data for the identification of homicide subjects and the compilation of both physical and digital evidence for successful case presentation and courtroom prosecution. The Homicide Street Violence Task Force’s mission is to reduce violent crimes by employing a comprehensive strategic approach to identifying, arresting, and prosecuting violent criminals. The Task Force has forged communication links between various Department units and all local, state, and federal agencies. As a result of the Community Outreach component of the Task Force, trust and cooperation have been improved within our diverse community. As a direct conduit to the community, Task Force detectives have been successful in locating homicide and shooting witnesses that assist with the investigation and prosecution of the case.