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1. North Miami Police

Thomas Flom was promoted to chief in 1983. The department had 92 sworn officers on the force. So far, he has been the only Chief of Police who was raised in the city and a graduate of North Miami High School. These were the days of the “Cocaine Cowboys and Marielitos murders”, when Dade County was inundated with homicides. He was responsible for changing the weapons carried by officers from revolvers to semi-automatic weapons. Chief Flom focused on training and initiated the transition to computerize police records. At the time of his retirement in July 1991, the department had grown to 112 sworn police officers plus 25 civilian personnel for a total force of 137 persons. He was the last chief to serve under the city’s rules of Civil Service.