Police officer direct traffic in the hot sun.
Sunny Isles Beach Police Officers direct traffic through busy intersections, day and night, as many traffic signals remain broken throughout the City.

It Takes A Village: PD Protecting the People

Monday, October 30, 2017

An AM 880 The Biz Radio Interview with Police Chief Maas

By now it is apparent that the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department were unsung heroes following the events of Hurricane Irma. Our officers were out every minute of every day controlling traffic in sweltering conditions. They climbed tens of stories to rescue residents who did not evacuate from high-rise buildings. They never wavered in their commitment to guarantee the safety of our community.

But, the SIBPD was not left alone in its efforts. Under no obligation and without hesitation, the Aventura Police Department shared their food with our officers during the first 48 hours when our City had nothing. PBA President John Rivera and the Miami-Dade Police Department called twice a day, every day asking what could they do for us; what did our officers need? It was this support, this reinforcement that allowed our officers to provide the utmost protection to Sunny Isles Beach.

But our officers were not the only ones working around the clock to restore and rehabilitate Sunny Isles Beach. Police Chief Fred Maas commends Mayor Scholl, recounting his true leadership immediately following the storm. Scholl was out with the officers every day, helping gather resources to restore power and help return our City to its full potential.

The old proverb is true, “it takes a village.” The contributions and compassion from neighboring agencies and organizations kept our officers going and able to protect the City in trying times.