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Richard Moss Out As Police Academy Director

Richard Moss's tenure as basic training director for Miami-Dade College's School of Justice is over. A spokesman confirmed earlier this week that the 56-year-old ex-Broward County Sheriff's deputy will not be returning next year. His contract was not renewed, but school officials declined comment as to what led to Moss's departure.

This past March, New Times reported how Moss landed the $85,000-a-year-job training aspiring law enforcement officers despite a troubled work history and allegations he created a hostile environment for students and instructors.


During his long career with BSO, Moss was the subject of 12 internal affairs complaints, five of which were substantiated. He left that law enforcement agency in 2006 following a demotion from captain to commander for insubordination. The same year he was hired as the chief of the police department in Woodstock, Ga. But his time there was sullied by allegations from rank-and-file officers that Moss was an abusive manager. He resigned in 2008.

He was hired by the college for the 2010-2011 school year. Almost immediately, Moss alienated staff by favoring certain instructors over others, cursing at female college employees and allegedly using school resources for his personal benefit. He also condoned a hazing incident in which an incoming freshman class was pelted with water balloons as they ran up and down the bleachers at Traz Powell Stadium.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.