Art Acevedo Sworn In As Miami’s New Police Chief

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami’s new top cop officially takes over the helm of the police force.

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Former Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo was sworn in at Chief Clarence Dickson Police College Monday morning. Due to the pandemic, the ceremony was closed to the public and streamed on the Miami Police Department’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Acevedo is the city’s fifth police chief in the past decade.

Acevedo was born in Cuba, first came to Miami and grew up in California. He was the first Hispanic to head the Houston Police Department. The new job is a homecoming for Acevedo, who also served as police chief in Austin, Texas.

“I really want to recognize my family, my childhood friends, Tony, Fernando, I want my whole family to stand up,” he said to applause during his address.

He gained national attention last summer when he joined marches and protests against the death of George Floyd.

Republican Acevedo spoke out against former President Donald Trump at the Democratic Party conference. Miami officials said it was his personal relationships that made him stand out.

“A lot of people I’ve dealt with have all praised and praised him,” said Miami City Manager Art Noriega.

“I ask the Miami family to put their arms around Art, his son, and his wife, who have been great members of the Houston, Austin and California community,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

Acevedo called his new job a privilege that promised to deal with bad police and focus on all areas of the community.

“I won’t be the Cuban boss. I won’t be the latino boss. I’m not going to be the boss of California or Texas, I have to be the boss of Miami because we will represent and serve all people, from all nations, from all walks of life, regardless of economic situation, ”said Acevedo. “Everyone is represented and people are hired not according to their knowledge but according to their performance.

Acevedo is the first underdog to take the reins since hiring John Timoney in 2003 and led the department until 2010.

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