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Juan Perez

Public Policy and Law Enforcement

Juan Perez retired from a law enforcement career in 2020, after dedicating his entire professional life to law enforcement. In 1990, he began his career as a police officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department and rose through the ranks to attain the highest-level rank of Director. When he was appointed to lead the agency in February 2016. Upon taking office, Mr. Perez had a vision for the agency which he shared with Department personnel, sworn and civilian, as well as the entire Miami-Dade County community: addressing gun violence, especially youth-related shootings; recruitment of qualified, diverse personnel to lead the agency into the future; and enhancing the agency’s technologies to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Mr. Perez is currently a senior consultant at V2 Global specializing in public safety, with a focus on law enforcement. 


During his law enforcement career, Mr. Perez held several different ranks and various assignments including road patrol, field training officer program, Robbery Bureau Investigations, Seaport Operations, General Investigations Unit, Crime Suppression, Tactical Narcotics Team, Robbery Intervention Detail, Organized Crime, and Homeland Security Bureau.

Mr. Perez has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Thomas University and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Miami-Dade College. Mr. Perez furthered his education and professional career by attending the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy (Session 256), National Executive Institute (Session 42), Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Police Executive Leadership Institute, Florida International University Chapmanville Leadership Development Program, and FBI Leadership in Counterterrorism Training. He serves as Past President of the Police Officer Assistance Trust, a Countywide non-profit organization that helps officers and families in need; was a Commissioner and Chairperson of the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.; and previously served on many other boards actively advancing law enforcement, criminal justice, and the community, to include the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Committee on Terrorism. Mr. Perez is also licensed in the state of Florida as a Community Association Manager.

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