Miami Gardens interim police chief offered permanent position

Antonio Brooklen

After an intensive nation-wide search, current Miami Gardens Interim Police Chief Antonio Brooklen will stay on permanently in the city’s top law enforcement post. Brooklen took over the position since February this year, after former chief Stephen Johnson was arrested in an undercover prostitution sting.

City Manager Cameron Benson chose to keep Interim Chief Antonio Brooklen in the position permanently after conducting a nationwide search. Benson said his decision was based on numerous factors, including Brooklen’s familiarity with the city and his willingness to partner with other police departments.

Brooklen will take over the force after a few years of leadership changes and questions over police tactics. He is the city’s third full-time police chief, following Johnson and his predecessor Matthew Boyd.

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