Art Acevedo: City police chief seeks assessments, training in use of force
As chief of the Miami Police Department, Art Acevedo is responsible for the organization’s operations, discipline, training, order and, in his words, “ensuring it’s a department that’s forward-leaning, forward-thinking and always looking to broadly measure its performance so no stone is unturned in finding things to improve.”
He brings more than three decades of law enforcement experience to the department, which he took over in early April, including tenure as the chief of the California Highway Patrol, which he joined as a field officer in 1986, and chief roles with the Austin and Houston police departments.
For the last 14 years, he’s been a member of the Major City Chiefs Association, an organization he now leads as president. Its mission: to help big-city law enforcement executives address and improve national and international police issues and services.
“I want to work to make the profession better,” he said. “What happens in Ferguson, Minneapolis and Indianapolis, where Tamir Rice was killed because the officers didn’t approach the problem right, impacts all policing.”
He’s taken that outlook to Miami, where he technically answers to City Manager Art Noriega.
“But in my mind, I work for the people of Miami,” he said. “I will always act in my official capacity in the best interest of the people we serve. I’m not here to keep a job. I’m here to do a job.”
Mr. Acevedo spoke by phone April 19 with Miami Today reporter Jesse Scheckner.
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