LimeBike Memorandum of Understanding

Police Procedure and Common Crimes


 

Officer Response and Investigating "Making the Report"

Traffic Accident Reporting

Citations (Tickets)

 

Officer Response and Investigating "Making the Report"

Upon arriving, an officer may do the following:

  • Make sure the scene is safe.
  • Request fire rescue if medical attention is necessary.
  • Obtain a brief synopsis of the incident and a description of suspect(s) and vehicle(s).
  • Relay information to dispatch to notify other police units.
  • Take a detailed report from the victim.
  • Question witnesses.
  • Collect physical evidence.
  • Give the victim a report number for the incident.
  • Attempt to conclude the investigation with action most applicable to the situation. Note: Not all police responses result in a report being written. Clarify with the responding officer if a report is being written and obtain the report number for later reference

 

Conducting the follow-up investigation:

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  • After the responding officer completes a preliminary investigation and submits the report, a supervisor will review the case to determine if it will be assigned for follow up investigation.
  • If there are leads, an attempt may be made to contact the victim to make sure nothing has been overlooked.
  • If there are no suspects, leads, or additional information the case will be closed. Not all cases are assigned for follow up information. A case may be reopened later if new information is obtained

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Traffic Accident Reporting

Florida State Statutes requires that any person involved in a vehicle accident on a public street must:

  • Ascertain if there are any injuries.
  • Exchange/leave name, address, telephone number, driver's license number, vehicle license number, and insurance information.
  • Failure to comply could result in the criminal charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

 

A traffic accident report must be made if:

The crash resulted in bodily injury to or death of any person.

  • Or damage to any vehicle or other property in an apparent amount of at least $ 500 dollars.
  • If these criteria do not apply, then citizens may exchange required information without notifying law enforcement.

 

The officer will require from each driver:

  • A valid driver's license.
  • A vehicle registration card.
  • Proof of insurance. Completed accident investigation reports will be available from the Miami Shores Police Department Records Unit after fourteen days

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Citations (Tickets)

Police officers are charged with the responsibility of enforcing State and local laws. This responsibility may result in citizens being detained and issued citations for failure to comply with a State or local law. The citation issued will contain, at a minimum, the following information:

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  • Day, date, and time.
  • Personal information.
  • Law violated.
  • Location, jurisdiction.
  • Officer's signature.
  • Cited citizen's signature.
  • Appearance date and time.
  • Information on the bottom of the citation describes how the person cited is to answer to the charge. Officers will provide an envelope/mailer that outlines the available procedures available to satisfy the citation.

A courtesy notice may or may not be mailed by the court to provide further information. If a courtesy note is not received, the person who was cited is still required to appear/contact the court as promised when the original citation was signed.

 

You must either pay the traffic fine or declare that you are not guilty and have a court date set. Your case will then be heard by a judge/hearing officer who will listen to testimony and determine the final outcome. Judges do not like to postpone or continue set court dates without very good reasons. If you are unable to appear in court on the scheduled date, contact the Court in person, ten days prior to the scheduled court date, and ask for a new court date. Failure to appear will result in a suspension of your license and an arrest warrant may be issued.

 

If you receive a citation for Florida Statute 316.610 due to faulty equipment, this is considered a "fix-it" ticket. This may be dismissed by the court if you show the court proof the violation has been corrected. Once the fault is repaired, a police officer must view the equipment and verify the equipment is functional by signing off on the ticket. The ticket must then be brought/mailed to the court of issuance. Most courts and police agencies charge an administrative fee for this service.

 

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Annoying Phone Calls

Known as obscene or harassing telephone calls, is one which is made by a person who has the intent to annoy another person with obscene language, or threatens to inflict injury on the person or any member of his family. The caller does not need to identify themselves or have any conversation. It also covers those that repeatedly dial another's telephone.

What To Do:

(If you need police response, Dial 305-759-2469.)

  • The investigating officer will write a incident report and give you the report's case number.
  • The officer will advise you to next contact the telephone company.
  • The telephone company will mail you a packet of material, giving you advice and requiring you to sign a form giving them permission to place a "trap" on your telephone line. The telephone company will ask you to maintain a diary of annoying telephone calls for comparison with their records.
  • If you receive two successful (completed) calls from the same number; and if these calls have not originated from a pay telephone, cell telephone, or outside carrier, the telephone company should notify the Miami Shores Police Department.
  • Upon release and receipt of the telephone company's confidential report to the Police Department, the Investigations Section will re-contact the victim and conduct a follow-up investigation.
  • With new technology, you may be able to obtain the caller's telephone number electronically. Contact the telephone company for options available.

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Assault

An "assault" is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.

A police officer will take a report. If possible, arrests will be made. If an investigation is necessary, the case will be sent to the Investigation Section for review.

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Auto Theft

Vehicle thefts should be reported as soon as possible. The report may be made by the victim at the Police Department or an officer can be sent to the victim's location.

You will need to know:

  • License plate number and state of registration or name and city on the registration (if the plate number is unknown.)
  • Description of the vehicle: Color, year, make, model, etc.
  • Where was the vehicle at the time it was stolen?
  • Are the keys with the vehicle?
  • Does anyone else have permission to drive the vehicle?
  • Are your payments current? (Repossessed?)
  • If You Find Your Vehicle:
  • Do not touch or move your vehicle. You should call to report the recovery; if you do not, your car will continue to be listed as stolen and you may be stopped by the police who will assume the vehicle is still stolen; and you could be treated as a possible suspect.

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Bad Checks

It is a crime for a person to write a check when they know there are nonsufficient funds to cover the check. Depending on the number of checks and the amount of the checks, the crime can be a misdemeanor or felony. If you receive a nonsufficient check on which you have been unable to collect the funds, you may contact the Police Department for a special nonsufficient fund form that will be forwarded to the Bad Check Program at the State Attorney's Office, or you may go directly to the State Attorney's Office at 1351 NW 12th Street. www.jud11.flcourts.org

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Battery

A battery is the actual and intentional touching or striking of another person against their will or intentionally causing bodily harm to another person.If the crime just occurred and/or if someone requires medical assistance, call 911.

Conducting the Investigation:

  • A patrol officer will ask victims and witnesses for details of the incident.
  • The officer will write a report and if no arrest is made it will be sent to the Investigation Section and/or to the State Attorney's Office.
  • The investigator will review the case, contact the victim and witness(es), and send the report to the State Attorney's office for charges to be filed if possible.

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Bicycle Theft

Bicycles are easy targets for thieves when unattended. Be sure to lock your bicycle to a secure object at all times and to have an identification number etched on your bicycle frame for easier identification. It is best if you use a driver's license number or state identification number as those numbers are easier to trace back to you and return a stolen/found bicycle to its owner. The Miami Shores Police Department currently has a bicycle registration program available for residents.

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Burglary/Theft

A burglary is when a person enters a dwelling, structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the defendant is licensed or invited to enter. If you enter onto the property while the burglar is still present, leave immediately and dial 911. Do not disturb anything at the scene.

 
Collecting Evidence and Making a Report:

An officer may collect evidence and will prepare a report. The officer will ask the victim to make an inventory to determine what was taken. Be prepared to supply the make, model, and serial numbers of the stolen property as well as the value of each item.

Documenting the Loss:

To document any further property loss discovered after the officer has left the scene, the victim should complete the Miami Shores Police Department Property Loss Form left by the investigating officer or available at the police station. After completing the form, the victim has two options:

Mail the additional information to:

Miami Shores Police Department at 9990 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, Florida 33138 or take it to the Miami Shores Police Department to file a follow-up report.

Follow-up Investigation:

Most burglary and theft cases receive follow-up investigation based on investigative leads such as fingerprints, witnesses, suspects, traceable evidence, etc.

To Obtain Information About Your Case:

Call the Investigation Section at 305-759-2468, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please have your case number ready.

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Family Crimes (Child Abuse & Domestic Violence)

Child Abuse

Child abuse means any willful act or threatened act that results in any physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm that causes or is likely to cause the child's physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired. Abuse of a child includes acts or omissions. Corporal discipline of a child by a parent or legal custodian for disciplinary purposes does not in itself constitute abuse when it does not result in harm to the child.

Reporting Child Abuse:

Miami Shores Police Department: 305-759-2468 or Statewide Child Protective Services Hotline: 1-800-342-9152 .

Persons reporting actual or suspected child abuse incidents are protected by law from civil liabilities and retaliatory lawsuits, provided the reports are made in good faith and without malicious intent. The identities of the persons making the reports are kept confidential and, in some cases, reports will be accepted anonymously, if necessary.

It is a crime for a person to fail to report physical and/or sexual child abuse if that person has a professional/special relationship with the child (i.e., teacher, principal, school official, doctor, medical personnel, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc.).

When a call is received by the Police Department, a police officer is sent to see the victim and will conduct an initial investigation. When the police or Child Protective Services receive a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, an investigation is launched. Both agencies are concerned with the safety of the child and share information, although they have different responsibilities during the investigation. The Police Department, for example, concentrates on determining whether or not a criminal offense has been committed. Child Protective Services, on the other hand, determines the state of the victim's well-being, and the need for civil intervention. This joint effort is for the benefit of the victim.

Domestic Violence:

Domestic violence is abuse committed against an adult or fully emancipated minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant or a person with whom the suspect has had a child or has had a dating or engagement relationship.

Domestic Violence needs to be reported!

Call 911 in an emergency.

Because of state law, if a police officer witnesses injuries on a victim in any domestic violence case, the officer must make an arrest of the suspect, with or without the victim's desire for an arrest to be made.

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Loud Parties/Disturbances

You can call the Police Department when your peace is being disturbed. This includes unlawful fighting in public, loud and unreasonable noise done maliciously and willingly, or publicly using offensive words which are likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction. Call 911 immediately if someone is in danger of harm.

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Prowler

Call the Miami Shores Police Department if you see someone wandering, loitering, or prowling without any visible or lawful business with the owner or occupant of property which is not theirs. Do not go out and confront the prowler. Stay on the telephone with the dispatcher and follow their instructions.

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Robbery

Robbery is the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.

During a robbery:
  • Remain calm and listen to the robber's demands. If you panic, you increase the possibility of violence.
  • Avoid making sudden movements.
  • Do not resist a robber's efforts to take your property.
  • Do not offer items which are not specifically requested.
  • Observe the suspect's physical description (i.e. sex, race, age, and clothing worn.)
  • Without placing yourself in danger, attempt to notice the license plate number and description of the suspect's car, if one is seen.
After a robbery has occurred:
  • Go to a safe location as close as possible to the robbery scene and call the police department.
  • Keep all witnesses at the scene until the police can interview them. If a witness has to leave, get their name, address, and phone number.
  • Don't touch or move any evidence.
  • Write down a complete description of the suspect, weapon, if any, and vehicle used.
  • List all property taken, along with serial numbers, when possible.

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Sexual Assault

A person commits a sexual assault when they intentionally or knowingly do any of the following to another and it is committed against that person's will:

  • Causes the sexual organ of another person to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the suspect.
  • Touching of the breast, buttock, or genital area of a person without their consent.
  • Penetration of another person by any means.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, you should: Call 911.

  • Attempt to recall as much as possible about the attacker.
  • Preserve all physical evidence.
  • Do not take a bath, shower, douche, wash, or change clothes and/or linens.
  • Do not touch anything handled by the attacker.

You may need a medical examination. The examination will be conducted at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Be sure to take clean clothing to wear after the examination. Clothing worn during the attack will be turned over to the police for laboratory analysis.

When the police officers arrive they will ask you if you need medical attention.

They will look for evidence and fill out a report. A suspect will be arrested if it is possible.

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Vandalism

Vandalism is deliberate property damage. Most losses due to vandalism are relatively small and not reported to police. However, the overall dollar impact is high. National estimates indicate that vandalism costs 1 to 5 billion dollars annually. These figures are considered low as they do not include the hidden costs of vandalism such as rising insurance rates and increased expenses for security guards, fencing, and special lighting.

If you are victimized, report all occurrences and repair damage immediately. Quick repair keeps the vandals from admiring their handiwork and minimize any social impact the act may have.

  • Secure property so it is difficult to turn over or otherwise damage.
  • Maintain surveillance of the property so intruders can be caught in the act.
  • Install proper lighting. School and small businesses are the hardest hit by vandals. The key to prevention is to remove opportunity by "hardening the target."

For more information on Residential or Business Security surveys please contact the Miami Shores Police Department and tell them you are interested in receiving a Crime Prevention Survey.

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