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Chief Acevedo headed to much smaller dept. with lower crime rate

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Art Acevedo will be in charge of less than half of the number officers in Miami, and will patrol a fraction of the square miles that Houston covers.

Video Transcript

- And with that move to Miami, Art Acevedo will become the head of a police department that is much smaller and has far less area to cover than Houston. Jeff [INAUDIBLE] has been looking into that. Kind of a surprising move, Jeff.

- It is. Good morning, Tom. In terms of size, Houston covers about 650 square miles, Miami just 55 square miles. That's it.

That's not the only thing smaller about Miami. When it comes to the total number of sworn officers and civilians, Houston dwarfs Miami. Acevedo was in charge of 5,257 men and women on the force. Here in the city of Houston, there was another almost 1,000 civilian employees at the department. Compare that to Miami. They have less than half that number of officers, just 1,300, and only about 500 civilian employees.

However, Miami does not have the same level of crime as we do here in Houston. Houston considered one of the highest crime rates in the nation. 56 crimes for 1,000 residents. You compare that with Miami with a crime rate of 629 crimes for every 100,000 people.

Miami has a history of hiring police chiefs from within the department, but this time they looked outside of their department for its top cop. Miami's outgoing Chief Jorge Colina had this to say when he was announcing that he was leaving.

JORGE COLINA: I'm sure whoever the next chief is going to be they're just going to take us to the next level.

- Colina served on the Miami Police Department for 30 years. Of course, his resignation comes as a bit of a surprise in Miami, as does Art Acevedo's decision to join the Miami Police Department, guys.

- Thanks.