For Immediate Release
August 2, 2017
Contact: Nicole Singletary
Miami Lakes, FL -At the July Council Meeting, to his surprise, Police Major George Perez was presented with a proclamation by Mayor Manny Cid and the Town Council proclaiming July 2nd “Major George Perez Day”. Proudly serving the Town for the last two years, Major Perez served his last day as Town Commander on Sunday, July 2nd.
During his time with the Town, Major Perez brought forth several initiatives, that continue to make Miami Lakes on of the safest communities in the State.
Initiated by Councilman Ceasar Mestre, in partnership with the Town’s Public Safety Committee and Police Department, the “Lock it or Lose it” campaign was implemented in response to a rise in vehicle burglaries. Aimed to encourage the community to lock their vehicles and remove any valuables, the program resulted in a 22% reduction in vehicle burglaries. Due to its success, this initiative is currently being used by the entire Miami Dade Police Department.
Additionally, Major Perez developed traffic initiatives to address residents concern of traffic along Northwest 67 Avenue and Miami Lakes Drive and within the Town’s neighborhoods. On-duty and overtime officers were placed at key intersections to ensure the commuters do not block the intersections, preventing traffic lights from moving vehicles in their intended. This has resulted in a great reduction in travel time and was the number one topic discussed by residents for the 2016/2017 Fiscal Year Budget. The Neighborhood TrafficUnit (NTU). The NTU’s were deployed to designated critical intersections to coordinate and conduct anti-speeding campaigns, as well as, enforcement operations at designated locations throughout the Town of Miami Lakes.
The Town’s interim Police Commander is Captain Eugenio Fernandez who comes to the Town with over 25 years’ experience with the Miami-Dade County Police Department.