The Miami Dade Police Department continues to show the power of it’s ‘take home car program,’ intended to increase police presence in the County when they suspended an officer for moving mattresses with her police cruiser.
The public has continued to hear of people abusing these take-home cars, a few months back clashing in a big scene between the MDPD and the FHP. Now, an officer has decided her police cruiser was just as handy for moving a mattress home.
According to the WPLG exclusive report,
Miami-Dade Police apologized for the incident and say this incident does not reflect the entire department. “It embarrasses not only the officer, but it embarrasses our department,” said Miami-Dade Police Commander Nancy Perez. “It is obvious we are not allowed to transport mattresses on the top of our marked police units. There are other items we cannot transport… animals to veterinarians, children to school.”
The officer, Sandra Lyles, is no stranger to administrative hearings and employment issues with over 19 incidents reported during her service. She’s even been taken off the streets and relegated to clerical duties. Sure, she’s just about to retire, but in the private sector, this stuff wouldn’t ever fly.
More interestingly, I stumbled across a December 2011 story about a MDPD officer who was performing rites of Santeria, attempting with a sprinkling of some seeds to rid the City Manager from his position.