Statement Regarding Chief Cabrera and Administrative Leave

Friends and Neighbors in Biscayne Park; 

As you may have heard by now, I have placed our Chief of Police on administrative leave while we investigate several issues that have been raised.  In accordance with standard procedure, Chief Cabrera has been instructed not to communicate with any members of BPPD or Village staff during this time.  

I did not provide public notification because Florida Statute prohibits the release of any complaint or information obtained from an investigation of the complaint until the matter has been resolved.  In short, we cannot comment on an active investigation. The only information that can be released is the fact that Chief Cabrera is on administrative leave.  Further reason for not providing any notification was that I did not want to potentially tarnish someone’s reputation for concerns that may ultimately be determined to be unfounded. 

I am aware of the past that haunts Biscayne Park Police Department and understand the anxiety that the past situation coupled with the uncertainty of the current situation creates.  However, I would ask that you all trust the process and know that the findings will be fully disclosed when legally permitted to do so. 

We have been working diligently to move the process along as quickly as possible.  Investigations such as this do take time; we need to be as thorough as possible.  During this time, Deputy Chief Mark Steele has been appointed Acting Chief and will continue in that role until our investigation is complete and next steps are identified.  

We hope to have a resolution this week or next and will provide an update at that time.  Until then, it is important to note that the only official information being released at this time is that the Chief is on administrative leave and that Deputy Chief Steele is the acting chief.  Any additional information, including that provided by the media citing inside sources, is purely speculation.

Feel free to reach out to me should you have further questions.

Chris Truitt
Village Manager