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1. North Miami Police

In 1959, he was succeeded by Wayne Thurman, who had served as a Sergeant and as a Lieutenant in charge of the Detective Bureau under Chief Engel. Early in his law enforcement career, he was appointed the town’s juvenile officer, devoting much of his time to juvenile delinquency. He was also the athletic coach and director of the North Miami foundation initiated by Chief Engel. At the time he accepted the city’s top law enforcement position, the department consisted of a Chief, four lieutenants, seven sergeants, and 28 officers.