The Beginning of an End to Corruption in Miami

By Nathaly Duran

According to NBC, last year on April 8, Miguel Exposito, Chief of the Miami Police Department, announced the arrest of eight Miami Dade officials on corruption charges. These are the first arrests made by the newly formed corruption unit in the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division.

Among the officials arrested are police officers Daniel Fernandez, a 16 years veteran; Christian Alvarez-Vega, a 12 years veteran; and David Valentin, an 8 years officer. Alvarez-Vega is facing allegation of stealing $460 using someone’s ATM card information after responding to a car crash and asking for the card as part of the procedure to write a report. While, Fernandez and Valentin are facing charges for using their badges to intimidate people at an apartment complex where they were property managers.

The new unit in the Police Department resulted from Mayor Tomas Regalado promise to end corruption in Miami, “This is the beginning of the end of the culture of corruption in the city of Miami,” Mayor Regalado said. “This is something we promised the people of Miami.”


NBC Miami. (August 8, 2010). “Three Cops, 5 Others Arrested in Miami Corruption Probe”. Retrieved March 20, 2011 from the NBC website:

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