On Wednesday September 10, 2014 the City of Miami Beach stepped into a new era of race relations. The City officially welcomed the highest-ranking African-American female in the history of the Miami Beach Police Department.
Deputy Chief Lauretta Hill was sworn in by Mayor Philip Levine. She was joined by her husband and 19 month old son.
A 20-year veteran of the Arlington Police Department in Arlington, Texas, Hill served most recently as assistant chief.
Chief Dan Oates and City Manager Jimmy Morales both spoke briefly at the ceremony about being excited to have DC Hill on the team.
A large number of law enforcement members of color from around South Florida came out in support of Hill. Captain Kevin Granville of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and chapter president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) attended the swearing in ceremony.
Granville recognized the significance of the selection of Hill, “I think it’s a very historic moment when you look at the history of Dade county and the history of Miami Beach for them to have an African-American female as a Deputy Chief, I think it speaks volumes to the progression that law enforcement has made not only in this country but also in this county.”