On-Duty Miami-Dade Cops Forced To Work Dolphins Games As Officers Refuse To Sign On To Off-Duty Job

Miami-Dade Police Director makes working the game mandatory for officers, after not having enough officers to sign up to maintain safety.

Miami Gardens, FL - After hundreds of Miami-Dade police officers planned to skip working the Miami Dolphins-New York Jets football game on Sunday, October 22, the Miami-Dade Police Department Director issued a mandate that all officers had to work the game.

The Miami-Dade officers were planning a protest of their own, in response to several Dolphins' players kneeling for the National Anthem, according to WSVN.

A total of 380 officers are needed for each Dolphins game, and they were hundreds of officers short.

Often security details such as this one are offered to officers on a first-come, first-serve basis, and officers like to work them because of the extra money they make.

Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President John Rivera said, "We have the right to work a voluntary job or not, and so we support those officers that were OK with working it, as well as we were supporting the officers that didn’t want to work it for whatever reason."

In response to lack of officers volunteering to sign up to work the games, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said that he had no choice but to mandate on-duty officers to work the game.

“I am now faced with a critical dilemma as the staffing shortages place our community and fellow officers at risk. The worst scenario we can experience is a successful terrorist attack or active shooter scenario due to a vulnerability of security.”

Perez said, “I made the decision to mandate officers to work the game under operational necessity.”

In response, Rivera said, "I think that the director’s words and memo was on point. We certainly appreciate it. We had a conversation, and he expressed his concerns and we expressed ours.”

What's less clear is how the staffing for events is being funded.

The controversy continues amid increasing public outrage over NFL players kneeling in protest when the National Anthem is played.

The protest against police brutality and racial injustice was started during preseason, 2016, by former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, and the Dolphins players were quick to start kneeling.

Many Dolphins players now remain in the tunnel instead of kneeling on the sidelines when the National Anthem was sang.

Good for you Miami-Dade officers. Let the NFL kneelers hire their own security. These are the same fools who had the temerity to kneel during the US national anthem & stand for the British national anthem when they played in London earlier in the year.

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Every year, On duty Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers are forced into working the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, for trade time only. No overtime pay.

4x the rate of previous off duty pay. They then will have off duty officers working, can't say they weren't available and the City has their active duty officers patrolling the city without jeopardizing the community. Sound excessive? Stupid NFL owners pay the price.

How many crimes are being committed because the officers who are on duty, are protecting spoiled multi-millionaires. Talk about the 1 percenters!

To cover the manpower, they probably were forced to pay overtime to bring people in.

Miami Dade cops should go sick. F national felon league. Let those American hating commies fend for themselves.

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National Felon League, NFL That's the truth. We overlooked their many transgressions in the past but this time , it's time to take a stand and protest with our hard earned money! #BoycottNFL

I support what the officers did, but know that public safety is job one, but our voices were heard

This is how Communist work. Let the snowflake NFL hire their own security company as all other business do, even banks with all the money. PB62 On the spot!

Boycott NFL until they know what's right from wrong. They never like the country they're living in that give them the freedom of talk & do what they want. They should be in the Communist countries like N. Korea, China or Vietnam etc....

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