Public Safety

Credit Card Fraud: Easier than you Think

Credit Card being handed to clerk

By Dwight Snyder, Police Chief (Saturday, January 25, 2020) – In today’s world of online banking, it’s rare to see people using currency for most purchases. Today we use the convenience of a debit or credit card to make even the most routine transactions such as for fast food, coffee, gasoline and grocery purchases. It’s not uncommon for parents to …

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An Ounce of Prevention Can Safeguard Your Home & Family

Handcuffs on laptop

By Dwight Snyder, Police Chief (Wednesday, October 30, 2019) – The mission of the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department is always to reduce crime and maintain the safety of our residents and guests. So with this in mind, let me provide a crime prevention tip dating back to one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, who once said “An ounce …

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Put it Down: Focus on Driving, It’s the Law

Man texting while driving

By Dwight P. Snyder, Police Chief (Thursday, September 5, 2019) – As part of our traffic safety initiative, our police department is committed to providing updated educational awareness to our residents and guests to help keep everyone safe. As you probably heard, on July 1, 2019, the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving” law went into effect, making “texting” while …

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Pedestrian Safety, Distracted Driving & House Bill No. 107

Aerial view of Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Tuesday, July 30, 2019) – We discuss pedestrian safety frequently here in Sunny Isles Beach warning about the perils of distracted driving. This is because the issue is at the forefront of our Commission and City goals. Through the implementation of the Transportation Master Plan in 2016 and additional City actions, we have made significant …

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Recent Tragedy in Sunny Isles Beach & Our Police Department

Chief Dwight Snyder and Sunny Isles Beach police officers

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Monday, June 24, 2019) – This past May I was reminded of another reason why I choose to live in Sunny Isles Beach. For those who do not know, I am not just the City Manager, I am also a proud resident of this great city. It is not a job requirement; I …

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June is Time for Summer Fun and Hurricanes

Dark storm clouds moving in over the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunny Isles Beach.

By Dwight Snyder, Police Chief (Friday, May 24, 2019) – As we enter the month of June, it’s a wonderful time for summer vacations, and spending time with family, while experiencing exciting new adventures and destinations. But June is also the start of hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends on November 30 of each year. Living in South …

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Thor Guard Lightning Prediction System

Large lightning strike hits the ocean at night close to Sunny Isles Beach.

(Tuesday, May 21, 2019) – Florida leads the country in both number of fatal hits and density of lightning strikes each year, and residents should be aware that all of our City parks are equipped with a Thor Guard Lightning Prediction system that provides advance notice of lightning conditions. This system is active 365 days a year in our City. …

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Behind the Scenes with Ocean Rescue: Water Safety Month

Ocean Rescue lifeguard driving ATV

(Friday, April 26, 2019) – The City’s Ocean Rescue Division protects beachgoers 365 days a year. During Water Safety Month in May, be sure to visit one of the ten lifeguard towers to view the informational boards. The boards are updated daily with air and water temperatures, high and low tides, wind speed and direction, the UV Index, the time …

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SIBPD Award Recipients

Borrell Award winners

Monday, March 25, 2019 By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager & Fred Maas, Former Police Chief Former City Manager Russo: It has been almost a year since former Chief Fred Maas entered retirement. Retirement for Fred is defined by continuing to serve the police profession through volunteerism while continuing to nurture and maintain the many relationships he established throughout …

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Just Drive: Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2019

(Monday, March 25, 2019) – This April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a united effort to recognize and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. The Sunny Isles Beach Police Department is committed year-round to keeping all residents and commuters safe on and off the road. Throughout the month, the City and the Police Department will be focusing efforts on educating …

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