Miami-Dade launches Operation Summer season Warmth to fight gun violence

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – They call it “Operation Summer Heat,” and the 12-week initiative is putting more boots on the ground – and online – in an attempt to control the sudden surge in gun violence in Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez describes it as a national initiative of its kind in which shooters skip jurisdictions and commit “acts of martial violence … extravagant brutal murders.”

“I never had to mobilize the whole county,” said Ramirez. “Our other criminal initiatives were always in a specific area that was trending, a hot spot. … These bad actors go across the county. “

Operation Summer Heat calls for increased patrols, including “overtime on long shifts in our most vulnerable times”.

However, another focus is on the online arena, with improved social media monitoring and the exchange of information between authorities.

“You see them challenge each other,” Ramirez said, “which creates real-time violence. In the 90s it was drug wars. There is a little bit of it, but right now it is calling and acting on it. “

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The plan isn’t working, say executives, without the community members having confidence in the process. Police reminded that calls to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous, and Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo advocated no retaliation.

“To the mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, cousins ​​of the people we are looking for … let’s do this,” said Acevedo. “The street shouldn’t be justice, it should be the criminal justice system.”

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade County’s Mayoress Daniella Levine Cava said she was also using code enforcement teams and police strikes to close down illegal businesses starting Thursday.

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