Eleven days ago, we reported on Richard Moss, the director of the Miami-Dade College police academy with some very bad marks on his resume, including a demotion from captain to commander for insubordination when he was with the Broward County Sherriff's Office. Since taking the helm of the basic training program in January 2010, Moss has been accused of condoning the hazing of cadets, using bullets paid by students and the college for personal target practice, and insulting a female school employee.
Last week, Moss's boss and School of Justice Director Hector Garcia sent out a memo to all employees that somewhat addressed two of the allegations without specifically describing the incidents.
We reported on a hazing incident that occurred sometime this past December. Cadets from an incoming class were forced to run up and down the bleachers of Traz Powell Stadium while they were pelted with water balloons and sprayed with water guns.
On March 23, Garcia informed school of justice instructors, including Moss, of the college's policy that "profanity, personal humiliation, ridicule, or abusive treatment of any kind are counter-productive and have no place in our training program." Garcia also wrote that "unnecessary stress or harassment is not part of the lesson plan" and "sets a poor example for the professional recruit officer."
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Former and current instructors interviewed by New Times also complained that Moss and another college employee went to the Medley gun range one day this past October to shoot their guns using bullets paid for by students and the college.
On March 24, Garcia wrote to Moss and the instructors to let them know "School of Justice personnel are prohibited from personally utilizing the Medley Police Regional Firearms Range for any non-recruit/instructional activities when the college has contracted time" at the range.
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Garcia added that "Shool of Justice staff and personnel are prohibited from utilizing any equipment and/or consumable resources that are designated for any student instructional School of Justice programs."
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