Chief of Police (Ret.), Director of Public Safety/Assistant City Manager (Frm.)
Frank G. Fernandez is currently the President of Blueprints 4 Safety (B4S) Strategies Group LLC, a security and risk assessment consulting group specializing in vulnerability assessments, strategic planning and best practice policing/public safety strategic development. Aside from his current engagement in the private sector, Fernandez possesses extensive executive level government and law enforcement experience in the Miami metropolitan area, as well as adjunct faculty experience in the Miami-Dade County academic arena.
During his 34 years of service in the law enforcement field, Fernandez’s experience includes top leadership positions such as Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Operations for the Miami Police Department (MPD) as well as key positions in the areas of Patrol, Narcotics, Crime Suppression, Tactical and Investigations Unit, Community Affairs Section, and the Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET), as well as a Police Instructor and Firearms Instructor. He also held Team Leader and Command positions with the Miami Police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team and had the opportunity to travel with former U.S. Southern Commander Army General Bantz J. Craddock and five U.S. Senators to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to assess facility conditions at this detention center. Fernandez has worked as an Expert Police Consultant for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division for over 12 years. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Firearms Committee and served as committee chair for the years 2017-2019. He is also a member of the National Tactical Officer’s Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Post retirement from MPD in 2010, Fernandez served as Police Chief and Assistant City Manager for Public Safety for the City of Hollywood, Florida. He managed more than 60 percent of the workforce in the City as well as the overall city budget. Subsequently, he was recruited by the City of Coral Gables, Florida to be the Assistant City Manager / Director of Public Safety with operational authority over Police, Fire and Emergency Management in addition to Information Technology, Labor Relations and Risk Management, and Human Resources Departments. He additionally served as the lead contract negotiator for all City collective bargaining agreements. Fernandez also managed 60 percent of the City’s workforce and expenditures including 192 sworn officers and 134 certified firefighters. Fernandez has shown a strong commitment to cultivating good community relations and external partnerships by establishing and maintaining both fair and effective government services, policing methods, respecting diverse community viewpoints and building trust with neighborhood groups.
Fernandez holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University and a Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University. He has served as an adjunct professor at both Miami-Dade College School of Business and at Florida International University Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In 2018, Fernandez was the Chairman for the American Heart Association and has recently been appointed as a Board Member for the Greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale Board of Directors. He has been awarded the National Latino Peace Officers Association’s Chief’s Leadership Award, and the nationally recognized Police Executive Research Forum’s Gary P. Hayes Leadership Award, among others. Other academic accomplishments include: completion of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police; earning his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Computing; and graduating from FBI’s prestigious National Executive Institute (NEI). Fernandez is fully bilingual, able to effortlessly and effectively conduct meetings in English or Spanish. He is married and is the father of three daughters and one son. Fernandez has been actively involved in the community as a Board Member of the American Heart Association and with youth baseball as a coach and Vice President for a local baseball league.
Lieutenant of Police (Ret.)
Mayree Morin-Fernández is a retired Lieutenant of Police, who served with the City of Miami Police Department (MPD) for 19 years. During her tenure, she worked in various departments, including the Internal Affairs Section and the Police Emergency Operations Center. After retirement, she has worked high-profile security details for executives and celebrities visiting Miami on promotion in an independent contractor capacity.
Mayree entered the police academy at age 38. She graduated at the top of her academy class, earning the highest score both in the physical fitness assessments and the academic portion of the curriculum. Upon graduation, she worked patrol from August 1998 to January 2001, primarily in the Little Haiti, Little Havana, and West Grove neighborhoods. After three years as a road patrol officer, she applied and was accepted to work in the Sexual Battery Unit (SBU) where she investigated cases of abuse and neglect of children and the elderly referred to MPD by the Department of Children and Families. After SBU, she worked as a Robbery Unit Investigator and later a Homicide Unit Investigator. As an investigator, Mayree analyzed crime scenes, documented evidence, interviewed witnesses and suspects, carried out search warrants, and testified before grand juries and courts. Her time with the Homicide Unit was documented on the A&E television series The First 48.
In January 2005, Mayree was made manager of MPD’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Her role put her in charge of coordinating all functions of MPD’s response to disaster and mass casualty events, she reported directly to the Deputy Chief of Police. She updated and developed emergency plans, most notably the City of Miami’s plan for Weapons of Mass Destruction, the School Response to Rapid Shooter Plan, and the City’s Severe Weather/Hurricane Mobilization
Plan. Her intimacy with the established policies and procedures placed her at the helm of the City’s response to the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.
Mayree was promoted to Sergeant of Police in 2007 and then was assigned by the Deputy Chief of Police to be the Administrative Sergeant and Special Projects Coordinator for the Field Operations and Criminal Investigations Divisions. In this capacity, she carried out the vision of both the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police of the City of Miami Police Department.
Mayree joined the Internal Affairs Section in 2010. She dutifully investigated complaints and allegations of misconduct and neglect of duty against members of MPD as well as police-involved shootings. In 2013, when the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted a comprehensive investigation and determined that MPD engaged in a “pattern or practice” of excessive use of force through officer-involved shootings in violation of the Fourth Amendment, MPD and MPD came under Federal oversight. Subsequently, MPD created the Professional Compliance Section to, among other things, liaison with the DOJ. Mayree was hand-selected to join PCS. She was tasked with developing and leading the high liability investigations for the review of the DOJ’s independent auditor. Her position with the PCS also evolved to include policy writing. During her tenure, Mayree was involved in re-writing and/or assisting the re-write of over 90% of the Department’s policies, a task that had not been successfully undertaken in the history of the Department. She served in this capacity until retiring in 2017. During these final years on the force, she led dispassionate and candid reviews of incidents involving MPD officers, including cases concerning the use of non-deadly force, vehicle pursuits, SWAT missions, and response to resistance.
Mayree’s life before the badge was just as colorful and varied. She and her family came to the United States as political refugees from Cuba in 1967 on the Freedom Flights, the largest airborne refugee operation in American history. The family lived in the Manhattan borough of New York City before moving to Miami. Prior to pursuing higher education, she traveled the globe with Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) as a flight attendant for two years.
Mayree earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from the University of Florida, graduating with honors in 1984. She went on to receive an Educational Specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1987. Upon joining the City of Miami Police Department, she continued to broaden and sharpen her knowledge of criminal justice and emergency management, completing a variety of government sponsored trainings throughout her tenure, including the Department of Homeland Security’s WMD Standardized Awareness Authorized Trainer Program and FEMA’s Incident Command Management Systems Course.
Mayree and her husband, Álvaro, a retired City of Miami Fire Lieutenant, have one adult child and are looking forward to grandchildren someday. In her spare time Mayree can be found cycling 30+ miles 4-5 times a week from her home in South Miami to Key Biscayne or tending to her impressive half-acre garden, which is also a recognized bird sanctuary.
Director of Public Safety for Newark Housing Authority (NHA)
Under his current role, Gorley introduced the concept of a special police force, Newark Special Police, specifically for NHA. The unit is comprised of 18 NPD/NHA Special Police Officers and two supervisors. These officers have the power to make arrests within NHA housing communities while engaging in community policing strategies. He also created the first ever Intelligence Unit, comprised of four retired Newark police officers. Their focus is on the eradication of narcotic activity in NHA communities. The work this unit has done has exceeded expectations. In addition, he launched a Community Empowerment Team (CET) which hosted more than 50 community service events last year. The program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Urban and Housing Development's Office of Inspector General.
Prior to his role at NHA, he served as the Director of Public Safety for many housing authorities in the country such as the Virginia Housing Authority, Housing Authority of the Birmingham district in Alabama and Passaic Housing Authority in New Jersey.
Gorley also served as a Crime Reduction/Police Coordinator for the Miami-Dade County Public Housing Agency in Florida, where he implemented the Community Empowerment Team (CET) program. This included onsite police substations and social service programs in many Miami-Dade Public Housing Communities.
Gorley was hired for his current role based on of his overall experience. He has been credited for the reduction of crime in Passaic, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and Waynesboro, Virginia public housing communities. During his time as Director of Public Safety in Opa Locka, Florida, the city saw a 98% drop in crime under his tenure, particularly in one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods known as the "Triangle."
Occasionally, Gorley consults for other housing authorities and is a speaker at events concerning housing matters and community crimes.
Lieutenant of Police (Ret.) SWAT/K-9 Instructor / Black Belt Atemi Ryu Jujitsu
Leandro Abad is a retired Lieutenant of Police, who served with the City of Miami Police Department (MPD) for 17 years. Additionally, he served with distinction with the City of Hialeah Police Department. During his tenure, he worked in various assignments throughout the department, including patrol operations, K-9 Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit, Gang Investigations and Robbery Investigations. He is a certified instructor with specific focus in K-9 operations, SWAT Specialized Training and less lethal munitions.
Throughout his career he has lectured in the field of FBI Counter Terrorism as well as K-9 Tactical Operations. He is a graduate of St. Thomas University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Chief (Ret.) / Biometric Technology Consultant for Law Enforcement
Bill Casey is an accomplished Law Enforcement Executive. Currently, Bill is a consultant who specializes in biometric technology for law enforcement. Recently he has held positions as a Vice President in charge of Strategic Opportunities for ANDE, a rapid DNA company, and Director of Physical and IT Security for the Harvard University Police Department. Most notably, he worked at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), where he served as the Unit Chief for the Biometrics Center of Excellence. The BCOE had a mission to further the use of biometrics in government and public safety. While with the FBI, he also served on a detail assignment as the Chief of Staff and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to the First General Manager of FirstNet. FirstNet was created by the Federal Government to provide a Broadband Network for First Responders, which was a recommendation of the 9-11 Commission.
Bill began his law enforcement career as an officer for the Boston Police Department (BPD) in 1983; he subsequently rose through the ranks of the Boston Police and retired as a Deputy Superintendent. He was a member of the Command Staff for approximately twenty years, including the time frame of September 11, 2001. During most of his time frame on the Command Staff, he was the Commanding Officer of the Information Technology Division (ITD), which included the city of Boston’s 9-1-1 Center. As head of ITD, he was responsible for the procurement, maintenance and operation of the Department’s IT and Telecommunications Units. During his tenure, the City gained international renown as an innovator in utilizing IT in law enforcement. The BPD spearheaded initiatives to introduce mobile computing to the fleet; deploying one of the first integrated Identification and Imaging applications as well as a prototype ballistics imaging system, which became the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
While at the BPD, Casey also served as a member of various technical committees for the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He was also involved and served as the Chair of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Advisory Policy Board. He also Chaired the NIBIN Executive Board when it was jointly managed by the FBI and ATF. In these roles, Casey was actively engaged in public safety efforts in Washington, such as to obtain spectrum for a nationwide public safety broadband network, to enhance the use of technology and biometrics in law enforcement, along with other public safety projects and initiatives.
Prior to joining the Boston Police Department, Bill was an aviation electronics technician with the U.S. Navy. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Suffolk University and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from New England School of Law. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees and Corporation for his Law School.
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